noun Pathology.

immobility and fusion of vertebral joints.

Origin of spondylosis

1895–1900; < Greek spóndyl(os) vertebra + -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for spondylosis



fusion of the vertebrae

Word Origin for spondylosis

C20: from New Latin, from Greek spondulos vertebra; see -osis
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Word Origin and History for spondylosis

from Greek spondylos, variant of sphondylos "vertebra" + -osis.

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spondylosis in Medicine




Ankylosis of the vertebral bones.
A degenerative disease of the spinal column, especially one leading to fusion and immobilization of the vertebral bones.
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