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lordosis

[lawr-doh-sis] /lɔrˈdoʊ sɪs/
noun
1.
Pathology. an abnormal forward curvature of the spine in the lumbar region, resulting in a swaybacked posture.
Compare kyphosis, scoliosis.
2.
a posture assumed by some female mammals during mating, in which the back arches downward.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < New Latin < Greek lórdōsis literally, a bending back, equivalent to lord(ós) bent backwards + -ōsis -osis
Related forms
lordotic
[lawr-dot-ik] /lɔrˈdɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lordotic

lordosis

/lɔːˈdəʊsɪs/
noun
1.
(pathol) forward curvature of the lumbar spine: congenital or caused by trauma or disease Nontechnical name hollow-back Compare kyphosis, scoliosis
2.
(zoology) concave arching of the back occurring in many female animals during sexual stimulation
Derived Forms
lordotic (lɔːˈdɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: New Latin from Greek lordōsis, from lordos bent backwards
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Word Origin and History for lordotic

lordosis

n.

curvature of the spine, 1704, Modern Latin, from Greek lordosis, from lordos "bent backwards." Related: Lordotic.

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lordotic in Medicine

lordosis lor·do·sis (lôr-dō'sĭs)
n.
An abnormal forward curvature of the spine in the lumbar region. Also called hollow back, saddle back.


lor·dot'ic (-dŏt'ĭk) adj.
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