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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.
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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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