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

Examples of valgus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her brain was small, like a chimpanzee's, but her pelvis and leg bones (including a valgus knee) looked almost identical to modern humans, indicating that Australopithecus afarensis was fully bipedal, i.e., stood upright and walked erect. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 13 June 2023 That last motion causes valgus torque, the force that stresses the UCL. IEEE Spectrum, 26 Sep. 2019

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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 21 May. 2024.

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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