dowager's hump


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hump

 [hump]
a rounded eminence; called also gibbus.
dowager's hump popular name for dorsal kyphosis caused by multiple wedge fractures of the thoracic vertebrae seen in osteoporosis.

dowager's hump

(dou′ə-jərz)
n.
An abnormal curvature of the spine that is primarily manifested as a rounded hump in the upper back and that typically affects older women. The curvature is the result of collapse of the spinal column caused by osteoporosis.

dowager's hump

[dow′ijərz]
an abnormal backward curvature of the cervical spine as a result of compression fractures of osteoporosis. Though it may occur at any age, it is most common in elderly women.

dowager's hump

(dow′ă-jerz)
Cervical lordosis with dorsal kyphosis due to slow loss of bone (i.e., osteoporosis). This may occur at any age but is seen most commonly in elderly women.
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Older women, who are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, are susceptible to developing a dorsal kyphosis, a curve, commonly known as dowager's hump, in their upper spine.
It's commonly known as a dowager's hump because older women, who are most prone to osteoporosis, are more likely to develop it.
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