dowager's hump

noun

Definition of dowager's hump

: 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

First Known Use of dowager's hump

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Dowager's hump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dowager%27s%20hump. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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dowager's hump

noun
dow·​a·​ger's hump | \ ˈdau̇-i-jərz- How to pronounce dowager's hump (audio) \

Medical Definition of dowager's hump

: 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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