Definition of flexure in English:



Anatomy Geology
  • 1The action of bending or curving, or the condition of being bent or curved.

    • ‘Tumors or polyps that develop proximal to the splenic flexure carry a poorer prognosis than those that arise more distally.’
    • ‘The basin is separated from the craton by a major tectonic flexure known as the Redstone arch.’
    • ‘Along with characterizing a plastic's bending properties, flexure can be used to evaluate aging and sterilization effects on a product.’
    • ‘To add to the problem, Barbara had a lengthy, tortuous colon, and - despite turning, twisting, and compressing her - barium and air would not pass proximal to the hepatic flexure.’
    • ‘Approximately one third of polyps and one half of colorectal cancers occur proximal to the splenic flexure.’
    1. 1.1A bent or curved part.
      ‘these lesser hills were flexures of the San Andreas system’
      • ‘The only irregularities are small east-dipping flexures over deep-seated faults.’
      • ‘Some are twisted like phone cords; others have sharp flexures from buckling.’
      • ‘In crawling infants the forearms, extensor aspects of the knees, and the ankle flexures are often the most affected.’
      bend, turn, loop, curl, twist, hook
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Late 16th century: from Latin flexura, from flectere to bend.