valgus

adjective

val·​gus ˈval-gəs How to pronounce valgus (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a deformity in which an anatomical part is turned outward away from the midline of the body to an abnormal degree
a valgus heel
valgus deformity of the big toe
2
: varus sense 1
used of the knee
valgus noun

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin, "knock-kneed," of uncertain origin

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of valgus was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Valgus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valgus. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

valgus

adjective
val·​gus ˈval-gəs How to pronounce valgus (audio)
1
: turned outward
especially : of, relating to, or being a deformity in which an anatomical part is turned outward away from the midline of the body to an abnormal degree
a valgus heel
valgus deformity of the big toe
see cubitus valgus, hallux valgus, talipes valgus compare genu valgum, genu varum
2
: varus sense 1
used especially in orthopedics of the knee
changes spontaneously from the initial varus (bowing) to a valgus position (knock-knee) at about age 2 to 3Joan M. Walker
valgus noun
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