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in·vo·lu·tion

 (ĭn′və-lo͞o′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act of involving.
b. The state of being involved.
2. Intricacy; complexity.
3. Something, such as a long grammatical construction, that is intricate or complex.
4. Mathematics An operation, such as negation, which, when applied to itself, returns the original number.
5. Embryology The ingrowth and curling inward of a group of cells, as in the formation of a gastrula from a blastula.
6. Medicine
a. A decrease in size of an organ, as of the uterus following childbirth.
b. A progressive decline or degeneration of normal physiological functioning occurring as a result of the aging process.

[Latin involūtiō, involūtiōn-, from involūtus, past participle of involvere, to enwrap; see involve.]

in′vo·lu′tion·al adj.

involution

(ˌɪnvəˈluːʃən)
n
1. the act of involving or complicating or the state of being involved or complicated
2. something involved or complicated
3. (Zoology) zoology degeneration or structural deformation
4. (Biology) biology an involute formation or structure
5. (Physiology) physiol reduction in size of an organ or part, as of the uterus following childbirth or as a result of ageing
6. (Mathematics) an algebraic operation in which a number, variable, expression, etc, is raised to a specified power. Compare evolution5
7. (Grammar) grammar an involved construction, such as one in which the subject is separated from the predicate by an additional clause
ˌinvoˈlutional adj

in•vo•lu•tion

(ˌɪn vəˈlu ʃən)

n.
1. an act or instance of involving or entangling; involvement.
2. the state of being involved.
3. something complicated.
4. Biol. retrogression; restoration of a former state.
5. Physiol. the regressive changes in the body occurring with old age.
6. a complex grammatical construction in which the subject is separated from its predicate by intervening clauses or phrases.
7. a mathematical function that is its own inverse.
[1605–15; < Medieval Latin involūtiō. See involve, -tion]
in`vo•lu′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.involution - reduction in size of an organ or part (as in the return of the uterus to normal size after childbirth)
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
2.involution - a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction
grammatical construction, construction, expression - a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit; "I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner"
3.involution - marked by elaborately complex detail
complexity, complexness - the quality of being intricate and compounded; "he enjoyed the complexity of modern computers"
4.involution - the act of sharing in the activities of a groupinvolution - the act of sharing in the activities of a group; "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
group action - action taken by a group of people
commitment - an engagement by contract involving financial obligation; "his business commitments took him to London"
intervention, intercession - the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.); "it occurs without human intervention"
group participation - participation by all members of a group
5.involution - the process of raising a quantity to some assigned power
mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation - (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods; "the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation"; "they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic"
6.involution - the action of enfolding something
change of shape - an action that changes the shape of something
Translations

in·vo·lu·tion

n. involución, cambio retrógrado.
References in classic literature ?
The tale itself is a mere sketch, with no involution of plot, nor any great interest of events, yet possessing, if I have rehearsed it aright, that pensive influence over the mind which the shadow of the old Province House flings upon the loiterer in its court-yard.
Talking of Herbert Spencer," he began, "do you really find no logical difficulty in regarding Nature as a process of involution, passing from definite coherent homogeneity to indefinite incoherent heterogeneity?
And the punishment of it is an invasion of complexity, a tormenting, forcibly tortuous involution of feelings, the deepest form of suffering from which indeed something significant may come at last, which may be criminal or heroic, may be madness or wisdom--or even a straight if despairing decision.
Now that which is of divine birth has a period which is contained in a perfect number, but the period of human birth is comprehended in a number in which first increments by involution and evolution (or squared and cubed) obtaining three intervals and four terms of like and unlike, waxing and waning numbers, make all the terms commensurable and agreeable to one another.
3) Expulsion of fetal membranes and involution of the uterus.
Adult cases of ectopic thymus are exceedingly rare, most likely due to age-related involution and replacement by fibroadipose tissue.
a ring with involution where x*x = 0 implies x = 0).
Cells in the breast normally secrete this protein during involution, the remodeling of the extracellular matrix that occurs after pregnancy, when the breast becomes smaller and stops making milk.
This was followed by an abrupt closure and involution of Jewish culture engendered by the Counter-Reformation's aggressive new stance towards Judaism and by the emergence of the ghetto system throughout the Italian peninsula, which the writers viewed negatively.
Involution and repressiveness permeate both custom and law in life on Rhyonon.
A fixed-point-free involution is a permutation [pi] [member of] [S.
They introduce the theory of central simple algebras at a level accessible to graduate mathematics students, starting from scratch and including fundamental concepts such as splitting fields, Bayer group, crossed-product algebras, index and exponent, and algebras with involution.