[ lawr-doh-sis ]
/ lɔrˈdoʊ sɪs /


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


lor·dot·ic [lawr-dot-ik] /lɔrˈdɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lordotic

/ (lɔːˈdəʊsɪs) /


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 forms of lordosis

lordotic (lɔːˈdɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for lordosis

C18: New Latin from Greek lordōsis, from lordos bent backwards
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Medical definitions for lordotic

[ lôr-dōsĭs ]


An abnormal forward curvature of the spine in the lumbar region.hollow back saddle back

Other words from lordosis

lor•dotic (-dŏtĭk) adj.
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