scoliosis

noun
sco·li·o·sis | \ˌskō-lē-ˈō-səs \
plural scolioses\ˌskō-lē-ˈō-ˌsēz \

Definition of scoliosis 

: a lateral curvature of the spine

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Other Words from scoliosis

scoliotic \ˌskō-lē-ˈä-tik \ adjective

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For a quick moment, Kelly Orgeron uses the ottoman to demonstrate how a victim of scoliosis ties his or her shoes. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "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, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared X-Rays from Her Childhood Scoliosis Surgery for the First Time," 2 July 2018 Buzz60 Princess Eugenie is revealing more about her battle with scoliosis. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Princess Eugenie Instagrams X-rays depicting her battle with scoliosis for the first time," 2 July 2018 Overexertion could also cause tuberculosis, scoliosis, hernias, heart disease, and other maladies, doctors believed. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Additionally, Eugenie included a link to the hospital's website, which features a video (below) of her speaking about her scoliosis treatment. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared an Emotional Instagram Post About Her Scoliosis," 1 July 2018 Experts don’t really know what causes scoliosis in most cases. Dr. Carolyn Kienstra And Dr. Alicia Morrisson, miamiherald, "Scoliosis a common condition that could require medical care," 12 June 2018 Her love of dance started at the age of 7 when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Carolina Gusman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gymnastics coach choreographs water dances for new SeaWorld show," 5 July 2018 Cathy Mitchell, a disabled registered nurse, suffers from a long list of injuries and diseases, including osteoarthritis, post-major lumbar surgery for ruptured discs, cervical scoliosis and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. Josephine Chu, USA TODAY, "Chronic pain patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from top at FDA," 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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scoliid

scolion

scoliosis

scolite

scolithus

scollop

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The first known use of scoliosis was circa 1706

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scoliosis

noun
sco·li·o·sis | \ˌskō-lē-ˈō-səs \
plural scolioses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of scoliosis 

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

Other Words from scoliosis

scoliotic \-ˈät-ik \ adjective

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