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[skoh-lee-oh-sis, skol-ee-] /ˌskoʊ liˈoʊ sɪs, ˌskɒl i-/
noun, Pathology.
an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.
Compare kyphosis, lordosis.
Origin of scoliosis
First recorded in 1700-10, scoliosis is from the Greek word skolíōsis a bending
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[skoh-lee-ot-ik] /ˌskoʊ liˈɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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(pathol) an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, of congenital origin or caused by trauma or disease of the vertebrae or hipbones Compare kyphosis, lordosis
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scoliotic (ˌskɒlɪˈɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek: a curving, from skolios bent
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Word Origin and History for scoliosis

lateral curvature of the spine, 1706, medical Latin, from Greek skoliosis "crookedness," from skolios "bent, curved," from PIE root *skel- (3) "crooked, curved, bent, perverted." Related: Scoliotic.

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scoliosis in Medicine

scoliosis sco·li·o·sis (skō'lē-ō'sĭs, skŏl'ē-)
A condition of lateral curvature of the spine, which may have just one curve or primary and secondary compensatory curves and be fixed or mobile.

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scoliosis in Science
A lateral curvature of the spine, usually having no known cause and occurring most commonly in preteen and adolescent girls.
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