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[vair-uh s] /ˈvɛər əs/
noun, Pathology.
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 Unabridged
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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.

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

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

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  • They will be swept out as clean, as by varus they now are of other filth.

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  • But for one such, there are a thousand like varus, Fronto, and Aurelian.

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  • I see myself doubly reflected in thee: and almost so in varus.

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  • varus too said, 'It needs not that the outward sign be made.

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  • It is this very institution, varus, which it needs to preserve it.

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British Dictionary definitions for varus


(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."

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varus in Medicine

varus var·us (vâr'əs, vār'-)
Characterized by an abnormal inward turning of a bone, especially of the hip, knee, or foot; occasionally used to indicate an outward turning. n.
A bone of the leg or foot characterized by such an abnormality.

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