kyphosis

noun

ky·​pho·​sis kī-ˈfō-səs How to pronounce kyphosis (audio)
: exaggerated outward curvature of the thoracic region of the spine resulting in a rounded upper back compare lordosis
kyphotic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The curve was 105 degrees; a normal curve at the top of the spine, known as kyphosis, is 40 degrees. Ed Stannard, Hartford Courant, 6 Sep. 2022 My kyphosis is quite moderate compared with others’, yet it is aesthetically pronounced. The New Yorker, 19 Apr. 2021 An exaggerated curve—called kyphosis in the upper back and lordosis, or swayback, in the lower back—can lead to discomfort and, in extreme cases, can reduce mobility. Patricia Marx, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Abdominal rotations can improve lower-back health and range of motion and prevent kyphosis, a curvature of the upper back. Philly.com, 27 Mar. 2018 Ignoring compression fractures in your spine can lead to a spinal deformity called kyphosis, where the upper back curves forward, affecting spine flexibility, breathing, nerve roots and a patient’s overall health. Tj Gibson, azcentral, 14 Mar. 2018 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, 30 Sep. 2017 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, 30 Sep. 2017 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, 30 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek kyphōsis, from kyphos humpbacked

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kyphosis was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Kyphosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kyphosis. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

kyphosis

noun

ky·​pho·​sis kī-ˈfō-səs How to pronounce kyphosis (audio)
plural kyphoses -ˌsēz How to pronounce kyphosis (audio)
: exaggerated outward curvature of the thoracic region of the spinal column resulting in a rounded upper back compare lordosis sense 2, scoliosis
kyphotic adjective

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