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Pronunciation:  `kânvu'looshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the action of coiling or twisting or winding together
  2. [n]  a convex fold or elevation in the surface of the brain
  3. [n]  the shape of something rotating rapidly

CONVOLUTION is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: gyrus, swirl, vortex, whirl
 See Also: anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, central gyrus, cerebrum, change of shape, complex body part, round shape, structure



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con`vo*lu"tion\, n.
1. The act of rolling anything upon itself, or one thing upon
   another; a winding motion.

         O'er the calm sea, in convolution swift, The
         feathered eddy floats.                --Thomson.

2. The state of being rolled upon itself, or rolled or
   doubled together; a tortuous or sinuous winding or fold,
   as of something rolled or folded upon itself. --Blackmore.

3. (Anat.) An irregular, tortuous folding of an organ or
   part; as, the convolutions of the intestines; the cerebral
   convolutions. See {Brain}.

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