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curvature

 [ker´vah-chur]
a nonangular deviation from a normally straight course.
greater curvature of stomach the left or lateral and inferior border of the stomach, marking the inferior junction of the anterior and posterior surfaces.
lesser curvature of stomach the right or medial border of the stomach, marking the superior junction of the anterior and posterior surfaces.
penile curvature curvature of the penis to one side when erect; called also clubbed penis.
Pott's curvature abnormal posterior curvature of the spine occurring as a result of Pott's disease.
spinal curvature abnormal deviation of the vertebral column, as in kyphosis, lordosis, and scoliosis.

cur·va·ture

(ker'vă-chūr),
A bending or flexure. See: angulation.
Synonym(s): curvatura
[L. curvatura, fr. curvo, pp. -atus, to bend, curve]

curvature

(kûr′və-cho͝or′, -chər)
n.
1. The act of curving or the state of being curved.
2. Medicine A curving or bending, especially an abnormal one: curvature of the spine.

cur·va·ture

(kŭr'vă-chŭr)
A bending or flexure.
See: angulation
Synonym(s): curvatura.
[L. curvatura, fr. curvo, pp. -atus, to bend, curve]
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Goriely and Tabor figured out the importance of intrinsic curvature by finding solutions to Kirchoff's theory of thin elastic rods, a 100-year-old set of equations.
It is also tempting to ponder, from a purely physical point of view, on the possibility that the intrinsic curvature of space(-time) owes its existence to null (light-like) electromagnetic fields or simply pure radiation fields.