spinal curvature

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Related to spinal curvature: scoliosis, cervical curvature


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.
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1. An anteriorly concave curvature of the vertebral column; the normal kyphoses of the thoracic and sacral regions are retained portions of the primary curvature (kyphosis) of the vertebral column.
2. A forward (flexion) curvature of the spine; the thoracic spine normally has a mild kyphosis; excessive forward curvature of the thoracic spine may indicate a pathologic condition.
[G. kyphōsis, hump-back, fr. kyphos, bent, hump-backed]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. An anteriorly concave curvature of the vertebral column, such as normally occurs in the thoracic and sacrococcygeal regions.
2. Hyperkyphosis; excessive anteriorly concave curvature of a part of the spine, usually thoracic.
Compare: hyperkyphotic
[G. kyphōsis, hump-back, fr. kyphos, bent, hump-backed]


1. [TA] A normal anteriorly convex curvature of the vertebral column.
2. Hyperlordosis; an abnormal anteriorly convex curvature of the spine, usually lumbar.
Compare: hyperlordosis, hyperlordotic
[G. lordōsis, a bending backward]


(skō'lē-ō'sis) [TA]
Abnormal lateral curvature of the vertebral column. Depending on the etiology, there may be one curve, or primary and secondary compensatory curves; scoliosis may be "fixed" as a result of muscle and/or bone deformity or "mobile" as a result of unequal muscle contraction.
[G. skoliōsis, a crookedness]
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The USPSTF did not find any studies that directly addressed whether changes in the severity of spinal curvature in adolescence resulted in changes in adult health outcomes.
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The tumor can also cause cosmetic deformity, as occurred in a case of an 8-year-old girl presenting with an atypical spinal curvature caused by a lumbar osteochondroma [10].
If an adolescent is misdiagnosed with the more common idiopathic scoliosis and not neuromuscular or congenital, then the patient can think that the spinal curvature is getting better, when in fact it is worsening and the interventions and treatments are not effective (National Library of Medicine, 2011).
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