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kyphosis

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noun ky·pho·sis \kī-ˈfō-səs\

Medical Definition of kyphosis

plural kyphoses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  exaggerated outward curvature of the thoracic region of the spinal column resulting in a rounded upper back—compare lordosis 2, scoliosis

kyphotic \-ˈfät-ik\play adjective


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