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tortuous

 [tor´choo-us]
twisted; full of turns and twists.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

tor·tu·ous

(tōr'chū-ŭs), Do not confuse this word with torturous.
Having many curves; full of turns and twists.
[L. tortuosus, fr. torqueo, to twist]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

tortuous

adjective Referring to a complexly twisted thing; convoluted.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

tortuous

adjective Referring to complexly twisted thing. Cf Tortious.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tor·tu·ous

(tōr'chū-ŭs)
Having many curves; full of turns and twists.
[L. tortuosus, fr. torqueo, to twist]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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For West, family life determines the individual, and in her evocation of Joyce's background she remarks that he was being "strangled by the sheer tortuousness of his family destiny." Like West, Joyce was the "apple of his family's eye," and, like her, he reacted to his family's confidence in his exceptional abilities with an extraordinary rebelliousness, as if his own genius were paradoxically inhibited by the family's claim on him.
He was throwing away the ladder after he had climbed up it; transcending his own ideas; or, as we would say today, deconstructing an aesthetic system whose very tortuousness was its own, implicit disproof.
Yet Paddison never allows his evident and justifiable exasperation with Adorno's tortuousness to provoke him into taking an adequately hard line, and for the first third of his book at least he is quite intemperately self-effacing.
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