Definition of dowager's hump in English:

dowager's hump

Syllabification: dow·a·ger's hump

noun

  • Forward curvature of the spine resulting in a stoop, typically in women with osteoporosis, caused by collapse of the front edges of the thoracic vertebrae.
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    • The presence of a dowager's hump (spinal curvature) in elderly patients indicates multiple vertebral fractures and decreased bone volume.
    • She was petite and had a dowager's hump or minor hunchback.
    • Unchecked, it leads to changes in posture, particularly in the form of a hunched back known colloquially as dowager's hump, and decreased mobility.

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