noun[mass noun] Medicine
A deformity involving oblique displacement of part of a limb away from the midline. The opposite of varus.
- The lower extremities were equal in length, and no varus or valgus deformity of the knee was present.
- The associated valgus deformity contributed to osteoarthritic changes.
- Prophylactic knee braces are designed to protect uninjured knees from valgus stresses that could damage the medial collateral ligaments.
Early 19th century: from Latin, literally 'knock-kneed'.
For editors and proofreaders
Line breaks: val¦gus
Definition of valgus in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.