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lordosis

Pronunciation: lor-do'sis

Definition: An anteriorly convex curvature of the vertebral column; the normal lordoses of the cervical and lumbar regions are secondary curvatures of the vertebral column, acquired postnatally.

Synonym(s): hollow back, saddle back

[G. lordosis, a bending backward]

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