anfractuosity


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an·frac·tu·os·i·ty

 (ăn-frăk′cho͞o-ŏs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. an·frac·tu·os·i·ties
1. The condition or quality of having many twists and turns.
2. A winding channel, passage, or crevice.
3. A complicated or involved process.
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anfractuosity

(ˌænfræktʃʊˈɒsɪtɪ)
n
1. the condition or quality of being anfractuous
2. a winding, circuitous, or intricate passage, surface, process, etc
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an•frac•tu•os•i•ty

(ænˌfræk tʃuˈɒs ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being anfractuous.
2. a channel, crevice, or passage full of windings and turnings.
[1590–1600]
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