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hunchback

 [hunch´bak]
old term for kyphosis, now considered offensive.

hunch·back

(hŭnch'bak),
Nonmedical term for kyphosis or gibbus.

hunchback

/hunch·back/ (hunch´bak) old term for kyphosis, now considered offensive.

hunchback

(hŭnch′băk′)
n.
1. An individual whose back is hunched due to abnormal convex curvature of the upper spine. Also called humpback.
2. An abnormally curved or hunched back.
3. Kyphosis.

hunch′backed′ adj.

hunchback

A maternal effect gene which is important for patterning of anterior parts (head and thorax) of the Drosophila embryos

hunchback

Orthopedics A trivial name for angular kyphosis–AK which, in children, is either congenital, due to a lack of segmentation or lack of formation of one or more vertebral bodies Treatment Surgical fusion of vertebrae; acquired AK in children is idiopathic and often accompanied by a compensatory ↑ in lumbar lordosis; in adults, AK may be due to infections–eg, midthoracic TB or neoplastic–eg, myeloma or infiltration by an osteophilic CA–eg, breast or kidney

hunchback

a rounded deformity, or hump, of the back, or an animal with such a deformity. The condition is called also kyphosis and is the result of an abnormal upward curvature of the spine.
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A frail baby, he perhaps had one shoulder higher than the other, but he was not hunchbacked or seriously deformed.
Tourists and ticos did not see how it came to her while milch cows and one lone Brahma bull, its hump the shadowy brown of dust and honey, grazed, swinging their heavy heads near cattle egrets that thronged low spreading trees like linen hung to dry, like hunchbacked angels.
He doesn't look like an athlete, Vana, as if his body is twisted, hunchbacked, and 47 years old, but he is a knowing rider.
1 station' (read: among hunchbacked 12-year-old girls).
The playwright focuses on Gardner's three central characters, all of whom desperately wish to be accepted by their drought-stricken village: Chudu the Goatman, a hunchbacked dwarf who becomes an easy target for the village's fear; the king's son, Prince Christopher, who has a divine gift for the fiddle but whose father demands he master the arts of war; and Armida, who can no longer blacksmith with her father because her new stepmother commands her to wear dresses and giggle like her own daughter, Clarella.
The stories that crazy Angus Tull tells about a horrible, hunchbacked hag who lives on the hill and turns kids into black cats also frighten her.
Paradoxically, he follows this observation by suggesting that the play which seems to have irresistibly shaped Shakespeare's future as a professional was Richard III, and that behind Richard's powerful combination of Vice and stage clown lies the hunchbacked figure of Richard Tarlton.
Surely its hunchbacked presence is what makes Rick DeMarinis's admirable seventh novel, The Mortician's Apprentice, so compelling.
Slight and hunchbacked, Luxembourg was a faithful disciple of Conde's vigorous method of making war; although he enjoyed the full support of War Minister Louvois, King Louis XIV never fully trusted him, remembering not only his rebellion during the Fronde, but also aware of Luxembourg's dissolute private life; still, his victories during the War of the League of Augsburg sent so many captured flags and standards back to hang in the cathedral of Paris that the Prince of Conti called him the tapissier (draper) of Notre Dame; a skillful if generally cautious strategist and a bold tactician, his maneuver at Fleurus was masterful.
There is Olympia, a hunchbacked albino dwarf; Arturo, born with flippers instead of arms and legs; lphigenia and Electra, Siamese twins; and Fortunato, normal-bodied but gifted with telekinetic powers.
Time magazine said in 1951 that television was so malignant an influence that: "By the 21st century our people doubtless will be squint-eyed, hunchbacked and fond of the dark.
Old Soldiers Never Die by Frank Richards VERY few French people took the risk of fetching their furniture, but one hunchbacked Frenchman came into the village four days running with a deep French cart and took loads of furniture away.