- an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.
- pathol an abnormal lateral curvature of the spine, of congenital origin or caused by trauma or disease of the vertebrae or hipbonesCompare kyphosis, lordosis
n.lateral curvature of the spine, 1706, medical Latin, from Greek skoliosis “crookedness,” from skolios “bent, curved,” from PIE root *skel- (3) “crooked, curved, bent, perverted.” Related: Scoliotic. n.
- A condition of lateral curvature of the spine, which may have just one curve or primary and secondary compensatory curves and be fixed or mobile.
- A lateral curvature of the spine, usually having no known cause and occurring most commonly in preteen and adolescent girls.