[val-guh s]Pathology
noun, plural val·gus·es.
  1. an abnormally turned position of a part of the bone structure of a human being, especially of the leg.
  1. 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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for valgus


  1. 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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Word Origin and History for valgus

Latin, literally "bandy-legged."

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valgus in Medicine


  1. Characterized by an abnormal outward turning of a bone, especially of the hip, knee, or foot; occasionally used to indicate an inward turning.
  1. A bone of the leg or foot characterized by such an abnormality.
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