sco·​li·​o·​sis | \ ˌskō-lē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce scoliosis (audio) \
plural scolioses\ ˌskō-​lē-​ˈō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce scolioses (audio) \

Definition of scoliosis

: a lateral curvature of the spine

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Other Words from scoliosis

scoliotic \ ˌskō-​lē-​ˈä-​tik How to pronounce scoliotic (audio) \ adjective

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The gown made headlines for its deep, V-shape neckline in the back that Princess Eugenie specifically chose to highlight her spinal surgery scar in a gesture of solidarity with others who have or had scoliosis. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Princess Eugenie's Official Wedding Portraits Are Here, and They're Magical," 14 Oct. 2018 The royal is an outspoken advocate for scoliosis awareness and recently posted X-rays on her instagram to share her journey with the disease. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Why Princess Eugenie Didn't Wear a Veil for Her Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 According to the news outlet, she was born with health conditions including an inoperable cyst on her brain, severe scoliosis, and cerebral palsy. Megan Stein, Country Living, "See the Incredible Moment Keith Urban Made a Dying Fan's Last Wish Come True," 20 Oct. 2018 So this is our first official glimpse of the Zac Posen gown that Eugenie changed into for her reception, having gotten married in a dress by Peter Piloto specially designed to reveal her scoliosis scar. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie's Zac Posen Second Wedding Dress Was a Totally Different Look," 13 Oct. 2018 The number featured a plunging portrait neckline, which plunged in the back to reveal the bride's scar from scoliosis surgery. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "See Princess Eugenie's Second Wedding Dress," 13 Oct. 2018 Still, Eugenie has used her royal status to raise awareness on scoliosis, a medical condition that causes a person’s spine to curve. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Eugenie praises father Prince Andrew in surprising snap of Buckingham Palace," 12 June 2018 For a quick moment, Kelly Orgeron uses the ottoman to demonstrate how a victim of scoliosis ties his or her shoes. Ross Dellenger,, "The Never-Before-Told Story of Kelly Orgeron, Colorful Wife of LSU's Colorful Head Coach," 2 July 2018 In her latest Instagram post, Eugenie, 28, opened up about her scoliosis diagnosis as a child. Maura Hohman,, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared X-Rays from Her Childhood Scoliosis Surgery for the First Time," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of scoliosis

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scoliosis

New Latin, from Greek skoliōsis crookedness of a bodily part, from skolios

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sco·​li·​o·​sis | \ ˌskō-lē-ˈō-səs How to pronounce scoliosis (audio) \
plural scolioses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce scolioses (audio) \

Medical Definition of scoliosis

: a lateral curvature of the spine — compare kyphosis, lordosis sense 2

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scoliotic \ -​ˈät-​ik How to pronounce scoliotic (audio) \ adjective

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