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 (sər-kŭm′və-lo͞o′shən, sûr′kəm-vō-)
1. An act of turning, coiling, or folding about a center, core, or axis.
2. A single turn, coil, or fold; a convolution.

[Middle English circumvolucioun, from Medieval Latin circumvolūtiō, circumvolūtiōn-, from Latin circumvolūtus, past participle of circumvolvere, to roll around; see circumvolve.]


1. the act of turning, winding, or folding around a central axis
2. a single complete turn, cycle, or fold
3. anything winding or sinuous
4. a roundabout course or procedure
[C15: from Medieval Latin circumvolūtiō, from Latin circumvolvere, from circum- + volvere to roll]
ˌcircumvoˈlutory adj


(ˌsɜr kəm vəˈlu ʃən)

1. the act of rolling or turning around.
2. a single complete turn or cycle.
3. a winding or folding about something.
4. a fold so wound: the circumvolution of a snail shell.
5. a winding in a sinuous course; a sinuosity.
6. a roundabout course or procedure.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin circumvolūtiō= Latin circumvolū-, variant s. of circumvolvere to circumvolve + -tiō -tion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.circumvolution - the act of turning or winding or folding around a central axis
rotary motion, rotation - the act of rotating as if on an axis; "the rotation of the dancer kept time with the music"


Circular movement around a point or about an axis:
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The areas that showed significantly less activation were the middle and inferior temporal gyrus in the right hemisphere with overlapping to the parietotemporal junction, the bilateral middle frontal circumvolution and the precentral gyrus (see Figure 2 and Table 1).
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There is an old mystery, for which I can provide no explanation, about why there is pattern of circumvolution in art and religion; it's something that seems to occur naturally in humanity.
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38) In the zatra (Sanskrit yatra), the annual festival of the temple that also takes place on a Monday, the circumvolution of the temple acquires an exceptional pace that is supposed to reproduce the run of Mulkeshwar from Cortalim, in Velhas Conquistas, to Mardol in Novas Conquistas.
1) Cortical atrophy: superficial sulci are widened due to atrophy and retraction of circumvolution, which separate them, but cerebral ventricles are of normal size.
The circumvolutions and the eccentric apex of the oospora are shown.