kyphosis

[ kahy-foh-sis ]
/ kaɪˈfoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM kyphosis

ky·phot·ic [kahy-fot-ik], /kaɪˈfɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kyphosis

kyphosis
/ (kaɪˈfəʊsɪs) /

noun

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 forms of kyphosis

kyphotic (kaɪˈfɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for kyphosis

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

kyphosis
[ kī-fōsĭs ]

n.

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

Other words from kyphosis

ky•photic (-fŏtĭk) adj.
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