Definition of valgus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvalɡəs/


[mass noun] Medicine
A deformity involving oblique displacement of part of a limb away from the midline. The opposite of varus.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

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