scoliosis

noun

sco·​li·​o·​sis ˌskō-lē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce scoliosis (audio)
plural scolioses ˌskō-lē-ˈō-ˌsēz How to pronounce scoliosis (audio)
: a lateral curvature of the spine
scoliotic adjective

Examples of scoliosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The child had multiple conditions, including autism, scoliosis, and rheumatoid arthritis, as outlined in an expired GoFundMe fundraiser created by Caho, his caretaker. Madeline Nguyen, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2024 Some scientists wondered whether certain physical problems, like flat feet or scoliosis, were, in effect, the price of braininess. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 People with Rett syndrome can also struggle with scoliosis, seizures, heart problems, issues eating and sleeping, and more. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Carmen’s back and neck are perpetually bent at a right angle, her left shoulder humping up cockeyed thanks to years of untreated scoliosis. Lisa Bubert, Longreads, 27 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for scoliosis 

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin scoliōsis, borrowed from Greek skolíōsis "slanted or crooked state, curvature of the spine," from skoliō-, variant stem of skolióomai, skolioûsthai "to be bent or crooked" (verbal derivative of skoliós "bent, crooked, askew") + -sis -sis — more at isosceles

First Known Use

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scoliosis was circa 1706

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Cite this Entry

“Scoliosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scoliosis. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

scoliosis

noun
sco·​li·​o·​sis ˌskō-lē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce scoliosis (audio)
plural scolioses -ˌsēz How to pronounce scoliosis (audio)
: an abnormal sideways curving of the spine

Medical Definition

scoliosis

noun
sco·​li·​o·​sis ˌskō-lē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce scoliosis (audio)
plural scolioses -ˌsēz How to pronounce scoliosis (audio)
: a lateral curvature of the spine compare kyphosis, lordosis sense 2
scoliotic adjective
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