dowager's hump

noun

: an abnormal outward curvature of the upper back with round shoulders and stooped posture caused especially by bone loss and anterior compression of the vertebrae in osteoporosis

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dowager's hump was in 1927

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“Dowager's hump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dowager%27s%20hump. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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dowager's hump

noun

dow·​a·​ger's hump ˈdau̇-i-jərz- How to pronounce dowager's hump (audio)
: an abnormal outward curvature of the upper back with round shoulders and stooped posture caused especially by bone loss and anterior compression of the vertebrae in osteoporosis
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