- an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.
Origin of scoliosis
First recorded in 1700–10, scoliosis is from the Greek word skolíōsis a bending
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Examples from the Web for scoliotic
In advanced cases the pelvis becomes obliquely contracted—a deformity known as the scoliotic pelvis.
C18: from New Latin, from Greek: a curving, from skolios bent
Word Origin and History for scoliotic
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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- Of, relating to, or affected by scoliosis.
- 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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- A lateral curvature of the spine, usually having no known cause and occurring most commonly in preteen and adolescent girls.
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