Pathology. an abnormal forward curvature of the spine in the lumbar region, resulting in a swaybacked posture.Compare kyphosis, scoliosis.
a posture assumed by some female mammals during mating, in which the back arches downward.

Origin of lordosis

1695–1705; < New Latin < Greek lórdōsis literally, a bending back, equivalent to lord(ós) bent backwards + -ōsis -osis
Related formslor·dot·ic [lawr-dot-ik] /lɔrˈdɒt ɪk/, adjective
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pathol forward curvature of the lumbar spine: congenital or caused by trauma or diseaseNontechnical name: hollow-back Compare kyphosis, scoliosis
zoology concave arching of the back occurring in many female animals during sexual stimulation
Derived Formslordotic (lɔːˈdɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for lordosis

C18: New Latin from Greek lordōsis, from lordos bent backwards
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Word Origin and History for lordosis

curvature of the spine, 1704, Modern Latin, from Greek lordosis, from lordos "bent backwards." Related: Lordotic.

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lordosis in Medicine




An abnormal forward curvature of the spine in the lumbar region.hollow back saddle back
Related formslor•dotic (-dŏtĭk) adj.
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