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noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormal, convex curvature of the spine, with a resultant bulge at the upper back.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for kyphosis


  1. pathol backward curvature of the thoracic spine, of congenital origin or resulting from injury or disease; hunchbackSee also Pott's disease Compare lordosis, scoliosis
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Derived Formskyphotic (kaɪˈfɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek kuphōsis, from kuphos humpbacked
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Word Origin and History for kyphosis


from Greek kyphos "crooked" + -osis.

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kyphosis in Medicine


  1. Abnormal rearward curvature of the spine, resulting in a protuberant upper back.humpback
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Related formsky•photic (-fŏtĭk) adj.
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