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curvature

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noun cur·va·ture \ˈkər-və-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Simple Definition of curvature

  • : the amount that something is curved

  • medical : a condition in which your spine is curved in an abnormal way

Full Definition of curvature

  1. 1 :  the act of curving :  the state of being curved

  2. 2 :  a measure or amount of curving; specifically :  the rate of change of the angle through which the tangent to a curve turns in moving along the curve and which for a circle is equal to the reciprocal of the radius

  3. 3 a :  an abnormal curving (as of the spine) b :  a curved surface of an organ

Examples of curvature

  1. The lenses have different curvatures.

  2. the curvature of the earth

  3. The machine measures the eyeball's degree of curvature.

  4. a disease that can cause curvature of the spine



1603

First Known Use of curvature

1603


CURVATURE Defined for Kids

curvature

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noun cur·va·ture \ˈkər-və-ˌchu̇r\

Definition of curvature

  1. :  a part having a somewhat round shape




Medical Dictionary

curvature

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noun cur·va·ture \ˈkər-və-ˌchu̇(ə)r, -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of curvature

  1. 1:  an abnormal curving (as of the spine)—see kyphosis, scoliosis

  2. 2:  a curved surface of an organ (as the stomach)—see greater curvature, lesser curvature





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