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scoliosis

[skoh-lee-oh-sis, skol-ee-] /ˌskoʊ liˈoʊ sɪs, ˌskɒl i-/
noun, Pathology
1.
an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.
Compare kyphosis, lordosis.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; < Greek skolíōsis a bending
Related forms
scoliotic
[skoh-lee-ot-ik] /ˌskoʊ liˈɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scolioses

scoliosis

/ˌskɒlɪˈəʊsɪs/
noun
1.
(pathol) an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, of congenital origin or caused by trauma or disease of the vertebrae or hipbones Compare kyphosis, lordosis
Derived Forms
scoliotic (ˌskɒlɪˈɒtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek: a curving, from skolios bent
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Word Origin and History for scolioses

scoliosis

n.

lateral curvature of the spine, 1706, medical Latin, from Greek skoliosis "crookedness," from skolios "bent, curved," from PIE root *skel- (3) "crooked, curved, bent, perverted." Related: Scoliotic.

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scolioses in Medicine

scoliosis sco·li·o·sis (skō'lē-ō'sĭs, skŏl'ē-)
n.
A condition of lateral curvature of the spine, which may have just one curve or primary and secondary compensatory curves and be fixed or mobile.

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scolioses in Science
scoliosis
  (skō'lē-ō'sĭs)   
A lateral curvature of the spine, usually having no known cause and occurring most commonly in preteen and adolescent girls.
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