Definition of scoliosis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌskōlēˈōsəs/


Abnormal lateral curvature of the spine. Compare with kyphosis and lordosis.
Example sentences
  • She had suffered from glandular fever, migraine and scoliosis (curvature of the spine), and thought she had a brain tumour.
  • All but two (with congenital scoliosis) had adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and 26 had already undergone some treatment for the condition.
  • His lung exam was significant for limited chest excursion, but he did not have obvious kyphosis or scoliosis.



Pronunciation: /ˌskōlēˈädik/
Example sentences
  • The Cobb angle is the angle formed by a line drawn perpendicular to the top of the superior vertebrae of the scoliotic curve and a similar perpendicular line drawn along the bottom of the inferior vertebrae.
  • Spinal surgery with instrumentation corrects a significant part of the deformity and hopefully stops further progression of the scoliotic curve.
  • A rib hump is a hallmark of scoliotic curves greater than 10 degrees and should prompt radiographic evaluation.


Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek, from skolios 'bent'.

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Syllabification: sco·li·o·sis

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