varus

adjective

var·​us ˈver-əs How to pronounce varus (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a deformity in which an anatomical part is turned inward toward the midline of the body to an abnormal degree
a varus heel
2
: valgus sense 1
used of the knee
varus noun

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Latin vārus "bent outwards with converging extremities, bow-legged," of uncertain origin

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of varus was in 1945

Dictionary Entries Near varus

Cite this Entry

“Varus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/varus. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

varus

adjective
var·​us ˈvar-əs, ˈver- How to pronounce varus (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a deformity in which an anatomical part is turned inward toward the midline of the body to an abnormal degree
a varus heel
varus angulation of the little toe
see cubitus varus, talipes varus compare genu valgum, genu varum
2
: valgus 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
varus noun
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