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[spon-dl-oh-sis] /ˌspɒn dlˈoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
immobility and fusion of vertebral joints.
1895-1900; < Greek spóndyl(os) vertebra + -osis Unabridged
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  • Many individuals with untreated scoliosis will develop spondylosis, an arthritic condition in the spine.
British Dictionary definitions for spondylosis


fusion of the vertebrae
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin, from Greek spondulos vertebra; see -osis
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Word Origin and History for spondylosis

from Greek spondylos, variant of sphondylos "vertebra" + -osis.

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spondylosis in Medicine

spondylosis spon·dy·lo·sis (spŏn'dl-ō'sĭs)

  1. Ankylosis of the vertebral bones.

  2. A degenerative disease of the spinal column, especially one leading to fusion and immobilization of the vertebral bones.

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Encyclopedia Article for spondylosis

noninflammatory degenerative disease of the spine resulting in abnormal bone development around the vertebrae and reduced mobility of the intervertebral joints. It is primarily a condition of age and occurs much more commonly in men than in women; onset of symptoms is gradual, but untreated spondylosis will progress to disabling tingling pain, limited motion, and partial paralysis in affected areas of the body. The lumbar and cervical spine are more frequently affected than the thoracic spine, because curvature of the latter prevents spondylosis from impinging on the spinal cord; lumbar and cervical spondylosis frequently occur simultaneously in the same individual.

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