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[vair-uh s]
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noun Pathology.
  1. abnormal angulation of a bone or joint, with the angle pointing away from the midline.

Origin of varus

First recorded in 1790–1800, varus is from the Latin word vārus crooked, bent
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Examples from the Web for varus

Historical Examples

  • Varus accused this messenger also, when he came, of telling a falsehood, and slew him.

    The Life of Flavius Josephus

    Flavius Josephus

  • The despairing cry of Augustus, "Varus, Varus, give me back my legions!"

  • The jests of Varus and the wisdom of Porphyrius alike failed to reach him.


    William Ware

  • The Emperor was not more a man of pleasure than he, nor the princes, than I and Varus.


    William Ware

  • Need not, Varus, the streets of Rome a cleansing river to purify them?


    William Ware

British Dictionary definitions for varus


  1. pathol denoting a deformity in which the distal part of a limb is turned inwards towards the midline of the body

Word Origin

C19: from Latin: bow-legged
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Word Origin and History for varus


foot deformity, 1800, from Latin varus, literally "knock-kneed."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

varus in Medicine


  1. Characterized by an abnormal inward turning of a bone, especially of the hip, knee, or foot; occasionally used to indicate an outward turning.
  1. A bone of the leg or foot characterized by such an abnormality.
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