Definition of kyphosis in English:

kyphosis

noun

Medicine
  • Excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back.

    Compare with lordosis
    • ‘The symptoms of kyphosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection.’
    • ‘Patients with postural kyphosis can generally correct the kyphosis by making a conscious effort to do so.’
    • ‘Kyphosis is a progressive disorder that can affect children or adults in the thoracic or cervical spine.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek kuphōsis, from kuphos bent, hunchbacked.

Pronunciation:

kyphosis

/kīˈfōsəs/