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

Definition of scoliosis

: a lateral curvature of the spine

Other Words from scoliosis

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

Examples of scoliosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tyus, 25, and Tre, 21, with her courage, grit and a positive attitude forged in a past that included overcoming scoliosis to become a star high school basketball player and a divorce that left her a single parent in a Minneapolis suburb. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 This is not at all the same thing as scoliosis, which is an abnormal curve to one side when viewing the spine straight on. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2021 Neuromyelitis Optica had left her with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 29 Sep. 2021 When one man with scoliosis lost his unemployment checks, Dr. Kramer paid for his treatments for three months. Alex Traub, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Condie had a relatively severe case of scoliosis, a 52-degree curvature in her spine. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2021 Condie, who as a child with scoliosis underwent a 10-vertebrae fusion to correct a 72-degree curve in her spine, cannot arch her back. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 Miller has undergone two spinal surgeries — vertebral body tethering — to correct idiopathic scoliosis. New York Times, 27 July 2021 The Princess, who underwent surgery for scoliosis at age 12, became the royal patron of the very hospital that treated her in her youth last year, and now is working to bolster their unique new fundraising project. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 22 Oct. 2020

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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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20 Nov 2021

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“Scoliosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of scoliosis

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

Other Words from scoliosis

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


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