lordosis

noun
lor·​do·​sis | \ lȯr-ˈdō-səs How to pronounce lordosis (audio) \
plural lordoses\ lȯr-​ˈdō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce lordosis (audio) \

Definition of lordosis

1a : the normal convex curvature of the cervical and lumbar regions of the spine
b : abnormally exaggerated forward curvature of the lumbar and cervical regions of the spine resulting in a concave back when viewed from the side : hyperlordosis, swayback — compare kyphosis
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

Other Words from lordosis

lordotic \ lȯr-​ˈdä-​tik How to pronounce lordosis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lordosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When that curve is lost, it is called loss of cervical lordosis. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 27 Oct. 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 Tech neck explained The natural curvature (lordosis) in our neck is designed to take the weight of our 10- to 12-pound head and place it over structures of the spine designed to support it. Detroit Free Press, 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of lordosis

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for lordosis

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

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“Lordosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lordosis. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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lordosis

noun
lor·​do·​sis | \ lȯr-ˈdō-səs How to pronounce lordosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of lordosis

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

Other Words from lordosis

lordotic \ -​ˈdät-​ik How to pronounce lordosis (audio) \ adjective
lordotic posture

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