Definition of Involution

1. Noun. Reduction in size of an organ or part (as in the return of the uterus to normal size after childbirth).

2. Noun. A long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction.

3. Noun. Marked by elaborately complex detail.
Exact synonyms: Elaborateness, Elaboration, Intricacy
Generic synonyms: Complexity, Complexness
Derivative terms: Elaborate, Elaborate

4. Noun. The act of sharing in the activities of a group. "The teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"

5. Noun. The process of raising a quantity to some assigned power.

6. Noun. The action of enfolding something.
Exact synonyms: Enfolding
Generic synonyms: Change Of Shape
Derivative terms: Enfold

Definition of Involution

1. n. The act of involving or infolding.

Definition of Involution

1. Noun. entanglement; a spiralling inwards; intricacy ¹

2. Noun. (mathematics) An endofunction whose square is equal to the identity function; a function equal to its inverse. ¹

3. Noun. (physiology) The regressive changes in the body occurring with old age. ¹

4. Noun. (mathematics obsolete) A power: the result of raising one number to the power of another. ¹

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Definition of Involution

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Medical Definition of Involution

1. 1. A rolling or turning inward. 2. One of the movements involved in the gastrulation of many animals. 3. A retrograde change of the entire body or in a particular organ, as the retrograde changes in the female genital organs that result in normal size after delivery. 4. The progressive degeneration occurring naturally with advancing age, resulting in shrivelling of organs or tissues. Origin: L. Involutio, volvere = to roll This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Involution

involuntary guarding
involuntary muscle
involuntary muscles
involuntary nervous system
involuntary trust
involution cyst
involution form
involution of the uterus
involutional depression
involutional melancholia
involutional psychosis
involved with(p)

Literary usage of Involution

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"30. bee« of a four-Bide are six points in involution, the projections of ... The theory of involution may at once be extended from the row to the flat and ..."

2. Projective Geometry by Linnaeus Wayland Dowling (1917)
"A cyclic projectivity of order 2 on any form is called an involution on ... Thus, two protectively related and superposed forms constitute an involution on ..."

3. A Treatise on Conic Sections: Containing an Account of Some of the Most by George Salmon (1879)
"Again, the reciprocal of six points in involution is a pencil in involution. The greater part of the equations already found apply equally to lines drawn ..."

4. A Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art: Comprising the Definitions and by George William Cox (1866)
"Thus, in an involution of the second order, if о denote the point whose conjugate is at ... If in any involution whatever, the harmonic centre be taken, ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General (1890)
"Is positive OF Is real, and has two values, equal and opposite. The involution Is hyperbolic. If e-.O, OF-O, and the two foci both Coincide with'the centre. ..."

6. Catalogue of Scientific Papers, 1800-1900: Subject Indexby Royal Society (Great Britain), Herbert McLeod by Royal Society (Great Britain), Herbert McLeod (1908)
"involution. Terquem, Ü. NA Mth. 12 (1853) 24-. Hesse, LO [1863] (vu) Crelle J. 63 (1864) ... involution common to group of 5 lines and system of 9 planes. ..."

7. An Introduction to the Ancient and Modern Geometry of Conics: Being a by Charles Taylor (1881)
"&c. are to be regarded as positive, and the involution is said to be ... In a positive involution there are two points Fund F' (on opposite sides of the ..."

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