Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

varus

play
adjective var·us \ˈver-əs\

Definition of varus

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a deformity in which an anatomical part is turned inward toward the midline of the body to an abnormal degree <a varus heel>

  2. 2 :  valgus 1 —used of the knee

varus

noun


Origin and Etymology of varus

New Latin, from Latin, bent inward, bow-legged


First Known Use: 1945


Medical Dictionary

varus

play
adjective var·us \ˈvar-əs, ˈver-\

Medical Definition of varus

  1. 1:  of, relating to, or being a deformity in which an anatomical part is turned inward toward the midline of the body to an abnormal degree <a varus heel> <varus angulation of the little toe>—see cubitus varus, talipes varus; compare genu valgum, genu varum

  2. 2:  valgus 1—used especially in orthopedics of the knee <changes spontaneously from the initial varus (bowing) to a valgus position (knock-knee) at about age 2 to 3—Joan M. Walker>

varus

noun



Learn More about varus

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of varus


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up varus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to lessen in amount, effect, or force

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

two-chairs-on-a-pier-by-the-ocean-in-summer

Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?

brumal vernal hiemal estival
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ