kyphosis

noun
ky·​pho·​sis | \ kī-ˈfō-səs How to pronounce kyphosis (audio) \

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 How to pronounce kyphosis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of kyphosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 He was called a hunchback because of an extreme curvature of his spine, a medical condition called kyphosis. Marcus Rediker, Smithsonian, 15 Aug. 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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The first known use of kyphosis was in 1847

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“Kyphosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kyphosis. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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kyphosis

noun
ky·​pho·​sis | \ kī-ˈfō-səs How to pronounce kyphosis (audio) \
plural kyphoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce kyphosis (audio) \

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 How to pronounce kyphosis (audio) \ adjective

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