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lordosis

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noun lor·do·sis \lȯr-ˈdō-səs\

Definition of lordosis

plural

lordoses

play \-ˈdō-ˌsēz\
  1. 1 :  abnormally increased inward curvature of the lower region of the spine resulting in a concave back as viewed from the side — compare kyphosis

  2. 2 :  a mating posture of some sexually receptive female mammals (as rats) in which the head and rump are raised and the back is arched downward

lordotic

play \-ˈdä-tik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of lordosis

New Latin, from Greek lordōsis, from lordos curving forward; akin to Old English belyrtan to deceive


First Known Use: 1704


Medical Dictionary

lordosis

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noun lor·do·sis \lȯr-ˈdō-səs\

Medical Definition of lordosis

  1. 1:  the normal convex curvature of the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine

  2. 2:  abnormally exaggerated forward curvature of the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine resulting in a concave back when viewed from the side—called also swayback; compare kyphosis, scoliosis

lordotic

\-ˈdät-ik\play adjective <lordotic posture>


Illustration of lordosis


Learn More about lordosis

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of lordosis Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about lordosis


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