[ val-guh s ]
/ ˈvæl gəs /

noun, plural val·gus·es.

an abnormally turned position of a part of the bone structure of a human being, especially of the leg.


of or in such a position; bowlegged, knock-kneed, or the like.

Origin of valgus

1790–1800; < Latin: knock-kneed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for valgus


/ (ˈvælɡəs) /


pathol denoting a deformity in which the distal part of a limb is displaced or twisted away from the midline of the bodySee hallux valgus

Word Origin for valgus

C19: from Latin: knock-kneed
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Medicine definitions for valgus


[ vălgəs ]


Characterized by an abnormal outward turning of a bone, especially of the hip, knee, or foot; occasionally used to indicate an inward turning.


A bone of the leg or foot characterized by such an abnormality.
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