Definition of kyphosis in English:

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Pronunciation: /kīˈfōsəs/


Excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back. Compare with lordosis.
Example sentences
  • Patients with postural kyphosis can generally correct the kyphosis by making a conscious effort to do so.
  • The symptoms of kyphosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection.
  • Kyphosis is a progressive disorder that can affect children or adults in the thoracic or cervical spine.



Pronunciation: /-ˈfätik/
Example sentences
  • Vertebroplasty makes no attempt to restore height and correct the kyphotic deformity which results from an osteoporotic compression fracture.
  • However, having said that, I remember reading about whether their doctor would correct the kyphotic curve in addition to the scoliosis.
  • If asked to lift up both hands, this person will sink into a posterior pelvic tilt and kyphotic seated position, in an attempt to maintain sitting balance.


Mid 19th century: from Greek kuphōsis, from kuphos 'bent, hunchbacked'.

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Syllabification: ky·pho·sis

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