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Medical Term:

scoliosis

Pronunciation: sko'le-o'sis

Definition: Abnormal lateral and rotational curvature of the vertebral column. Depending on the etiology, there may be one curve, or primary and secondary compensatory curves; scoliosis may be “fixed” as a result of muscle and/or bone deformity or “mobile” as a result of unequal muscle contraction.

[G. skoliosis, a crookedness]

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