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noun Pathology.
  1. the forward displacement of a vertebra.
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Origin of spondylolisthesis

< New Latin (1853) < Greek spóndyl(os) vertebra + olísthēsis dislocation, equivalent to olisthē-, variant stem of olisthánein to slip, sprain (derivative of ólisthos slipperiness) + -sis -sis
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Word Origin and History for spondylolisthesis


from Greek spondylos, variant of sphondylos "vertebra" + oliothesis "dislocation, slipping."

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spondylolisthesis in Medicine


  1. Forward displacement of one of the lower lumbar vertebrae over the vertebra below it or over the sacrum.
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Related formsspon′dy•lo•lis•thetic (-thĕtĭk) adj.
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