[ kahy-foh-sis ]
/ kaɪˈfoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

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
Related formsky·phot·ic [kahy-fot-ik] /kaɪˈfɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kyphosis


/ (kaɪˈfəʊsɪs) /


pathol backward curvature of the thoracic spine, of congenital origin or resulting from injury or disease; hunchbackSee also Pott's disease Compare lordosis, scoliosis

Derived Formskyphotic (kaɪˈfɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for kyphosis

C19: from New Latin, from Greek kuphōsis, from kuphos humpbacked
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Medicine definitions for kyphosis


[ kī-fōsĭs ]


Abnormal rearward curvature of the spine, resulting in a protuberant upper back.humpback

Related formsky•photic (-fŏtĭk) adj.
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