kyphosis

noun
ky·pho·sis | \kī-ˈfō-səs \

Definition of kyphosis 

: exaggerated outward curvature of the thoracic region of the spine resulting in a rounded upper back — compare lordosis

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Other Words from kyphosis

kyphotic \kī-ˈfä-tik \ adjective

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Abdominal rotations can improve lower-back health and range of motion and prevent kyphosis, a curvature of the upper back. Philly.com, "5 easy exercises you can do from your chair," 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, "Outpatient back surgery? It's possible.," 14 Mar. 2018 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, "The “Quaker Comet” Was the Greatest Abolitionist You’ve Never Heard Of," 30 Sep. 2017 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, "The “Quaker Comet” Was the Greatest Abolitionist You’ve Never Heard Of," 30 Sep. 2017 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, "The “Quaker Comet” Was the Greatest Abolitionist You’ve Never Heard Of," 30 Sep. 2017 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, "The “Quaker Comet” Was the Greatest Abolitionist You’ve Never Heard Of," 15 Aug. 2017 Kanel met the film’s director at the screening and asked to get in touch with Rick Hodes, the subject of the film and a doctor who has spent the last 20 years in Ethiopia serving children with scoliosis or kyphosis. Jasmine Leyva, The Mercury News, "Campbell: Ethiopian teen received free spinal surgery from local doctor," 15 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of kyphosis

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kyphosis

New Latin, from Greek kyphōsis, from kyphos humpbacked

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kyphosis

noun
ky·pho·sis | \kī-ˈfō-səs \
plural kyphoses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of kyphosis 

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

Other Words from kyphosis

kyphotic \-ˈfät-ik \ adjective

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