One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back.Compare with lordosis
- ‘Patients with postural kyphosis can generally correct the kyphosis by making a conscious effort to do so.’
- ‘However, a spine affected by kyphosis shows evidence of a forward curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the upper back area, giving the child a "humpback" appearance.’
- ‘The symptoms of kyphosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection.’
- ‘Kyphosis is a progressive disorder that can affect children or adults in the thoracic or cervical spine.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek kuphōsis, from kuphos ‘bent, hunchbacked’.
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