an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.
Origin of scoliosis
First recorded in 1700–10, scoliosis is from the Greek word skolíōsis a bendingRelated formssco·li·ot·ic [skoh-lee-ot-ik] /ˌskoʊ liˈɒt ɪk/, adjective
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Derived Formsscoliotic (ˌskɒlɪˈɒtɪk), adjective pathol an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, of congenital origin or caused by trauma or disease of the vertebrae or hipbonesCompare kyphosis, lordosis
Word Origin for scoliosis
C18: from New Latin, from Greek: a curving, from skolios bent
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Word Origin and History for scoliotic
lateral curvature of the spine, 1706, medical Latin, from Greek skoliosis "crookedness," from skolios "bent, curved," from PIE root *skel- (3) "crooked, curved, bent, perverted." Related: Scoliotic.
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Of, relating to, or affected by scoliosis.
A condition of lateral curvature of the spine, which may have just one curve or primary and secondary compensatory curves and be fixed or mobile.
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A lateral curvature of the spine, usually having no known cause and occurring most commonly in preteen and adolescent girls.
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