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

Examples of scoliosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s part of aging, part of living with scoliosis and damaged lungs. Edith Eger,, "I Survived The Holocaust. Here’s How To Hold Onto Hope Through Anything," 15 Sep. 2020 Oliver has scoliosis and was going to be put to sleep because something happened to his owner. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Keep the pup away from algae," 5 Sep. 2020 This is hardly the first time Eugenie has spoken about her scoliosis treatment publicly. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared a Powerful Instagram Post About Her Scoliosis Scar," 28 June 2020 The bride wore a stunning gown by Peter Pilotto, designed to accentuate her scars from childhood scoliosis surgery. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Beatrice’s Wedding Dress Could Not Be More Different than Princess Eugenie’s," 18 July 2020 Eugenie broke from the norm, opting instead to leave the back of her dress (and the scars from a childhood scoliosis surgery) unobscured. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice Wore a Classic Veil on Her Wedding Day," 18 July 2020 Shayna has struggled with auto-immune, digestion, skin, and stomach issues and also has scoliosis. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What to Know About Ryan Seacrest's Ex-Girlfriend Shayna Taylor," 30 June 2020 Severe scoliosis caused her spine to curve like the rail on a rocking chair. oregonlive, "Until COVID-19 took her life, Sharon McGovern existed in the shadows, fighting to be independent," 3 July 2020 Dear Mayo Clinic: What causes scoliosis? Do genetics play a role? Mayo Clinic News Network,, "Scoliosis most often develops during growth spurt just before puberty," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of scoliosis was circa 1706

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2 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Scoliosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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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

Other Words from scoliosis

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

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