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kyphosis

Pronunciation: ki-fo'sis

Definition:

  1. An anteriorly concave curvature of the vertebral column; the normal kyphoses of the thoracic and sacral regions are retained portions of the primary curvature (kyphosis) of the vertebral column.
  2. A forward (flexion) curvature of the spine; the thoracic spine normally has a mild kyphosis; excessive forward curvature of the thoracic spine may indicate a pathologic condition.

[G. kyphosis, hump-back, fr. kyphos, bent, hump-backed]

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