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[spon-dl-oh-sis] /ˌspɒn dlˈoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
immobility and fusion of vertebral joints.
Origin of spondylosis
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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