[ kahy-foh-sis ]
See synonyms for kyphosis on
  1. an abnormal, convex curvature of the spine, with a resultant bulge at the upper back.

Origin of kyphosis

1840–50; <Greek kȳ́phōsis a hunched state, equivalent to kȳph(ós) humpbacked + -ōsis-osis

Other words from kyphosis

  • ky·phot·ic [kahy-fot-ik], /kaɪˈfɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for kyphosis


/ (kaɪˈfəʊsɪs) /

  1. pathol backward curvature of the thoracic spine, of congenital origin or resulting from injury or disease; hunchback: See also Pott's disease Compare lordosis, scoliosis

Origin of kyphosis

C19: from New Latin, from Greek kuphōsis, from kuphos humpbacked

Derived forms of kyphosis

  • kyphotic (kaɪˈfɒtɪk), adjective

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