lordosis

play
noun lor·do·sis \lȯr-ˈdō-səs\

Definition of lordosis

plural

lordoses

play \lȯr-ˈdō-ˌsēz\
  1. 1a :  the normal convex curvature of the cervical and lumbar regions of the spineb :  abnormally exaggerated forward curvature of the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine resulting in a concave back when viewed from the side — compare kyphosis

  2. 2 :  a mating posture of some sexually receptive female mammals (such as rats) in which the head and rump are raised and the back is arched downward

lordotic

play \lȯr-ˈdä-tik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of lordosis

New Latin, from Greek lordōsis, from lordos curving forward; akin to Old English belyrtan to deceive


First Known Use: 1704


Medical Dictionary

lordosis

play
noun lor·do·sis \lȯr-ˈdō-səs\

Medical Definition of lordosis

  1. 1:  the normal convex curvature of the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine

  2. 2:  abnormally exaggerated forward curvature of the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine resulting in a concave back when viewed from the side—called also swayback; compare kyphosis, scoliosis

lordotic

\-ˈdät-ik\play adjective lordotic posture

Illustration of lordosis


Learn More about lordosis


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lordosis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lively discussion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!