• WordNet 3.6
    • n intussusception (biology) growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposit of new particles between existing particles in the cell wall
    • n intussusception the folding in of an outer layer so as to form a pocket in the surface "the invagination of the blastula"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Intussusception (Med) The abnormal reception or slipping of a part of a tube, by inversion and descent, within a contiguous part of it; specifically, the reception or slipping of the upper part of the small intestine into the lower; introsusception; invagination.
    • Intussusception (Physiol) The act of taking foreign matter, as food, into a living body; the process of nutrition, by which dead matter is absorbed by the living organism, and ultimately converted into the organized substance of its various tissues and organs. "Dead bodies increase by apposition; living bodies by intussusception ."
    • Intussusception (Bot) The interposition of new particles of formative material among those already existing, as in a cell wall, or in a starch grain.
    • Intussusception The reception of one part within another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n intussusception A receiving within; reception of one part within another part of the same organ, or of one organ within another of the same kind; invagination; introversion; introsusception. Specifically— In pathology, the introduction of a part of the intestine into an adjacent part.
    • n intussusception In physiology, reception of foreign matter by a living organism, and its conversion into living tissue; ingestion, digestion, and assimilation of food, including the whole process of nutrition and growth. It is the mode of interstitial growth characteristic of organic life, as distinguished from any process of accretion by which a mineral may increase in size.
    • n intussusception In botany, according to the theory proposed by Nägeli, the growth of cell-walls by the intercalation of new solid particles between those already in existence. The intussusception theory is opposed to the theory of growth by apposition, which supposes that the new particles are deposited in layers on the inner side of the cell-wall.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Intussusception in-tus-su-sep′shun the partial displacement of the bowel in which one portion of it passes into the portion immediately adjacent to it—also called Invagination
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intus, within + susception,. Cf. Introsusception
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. intus, within, susception-emsuscipĕre, to take up.


In literature:

It is not a growth by accretion, as in crystallization, but by intussusception, as in life.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
In intussusception, the inturned bowel is in the direction of the anus.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
A simple aperient of linseed oil may be given in cases of stricture or intussusception of the bowels.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
The cause of intussusception is said to be violent peristaltic action, however produced.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

No Increased Intussusception Risk Seen With Rotavirus Vaccination, But Acellular Pertussis-containing Vaccine Linked to Limited Febrile Seizure Risk.
3 and the other on linking of intussusception occurrence to vaccination status of individual patients.
Studies have reported a temporal association between a first dose of rotavirus vaccine (Rotashield) and infant intussusception .
Large Study Shows No Link Between Vaccine and Intussusception.
Small bowel intussusception associated with celiac sprue .
Shortly after the Rotashield vaccine was introduced, doctors noticed an increase in cases of a serious intestinal problem called intussusception, when the intestine doubles back into itself.