Definition of varus in English:



  • A deformity involving oblique displacement of part of a limb toward the midline.

    The opposite of valgus
    • ‘Supination of the foot and heal varus are corrected by abducting the supinated foot under the talus.’
    • ‘Diagnosis is made using the varus stress test or by noting increased external knee rotation with flexion.’
    • ‘A valgus insole is used in patients with medial osteoarthritis and a varus insole for lateral osteoarthritis.’
    • ‘The lower extremities were equal in length, and no varus or valgus deformity of the knee was present.’
    • ‘In a recent study, an association between high longitudinal arches with less pronation of the ankle and less varus of the forefoot was noted.’


Early 19th century: from Latin, literally bent, crooked.