[ skoh-lee-oh-sis, skol-ee- ]
/ ˌskoʊ liˈoʊ sɪs, ˌskɒl i- /

noun Pathology.

an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.
Compare kyphosis, lordosis.

Origin of scoliosis

First recorded in 1700–10, scoliosis is from the Greek word skolíōsis a bending
Related formssco·li·ot·ic [skoh-lee-ot-ik] /ˌskoʊ liˈɒt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scoliotic


/ (ˌskɒlɪˈəʊsɪs) /


pathol an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, of congenital origin or caused by trauma or disease of the vertebrae or hipbonesCompare kyphosis, lordosis
Derived Formsscoliotic (ˌskɒlɪˈɒtɪk), adjective

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for scoliotic (1 of 2)


[ skō′lē-ŏtĭk ]


Of, relating to, or affected by scoliosis.

Medicine definitions for scoliotic (2 of 2)


[ skō′lē-ōsĭs, skŏl′ē- ]


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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Science definitions for scoliotic


[ skō′lē-ōsĭs ]

A lateral curvature of the spine, usually having no known cause and occurring most commonly in preteen and adolescent girls.
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