Meaning of kyphosis in English:


Pronunciation /kʌɪˈfəʊsɪs/


mass nounMedicine
  • Excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back.

    Compare with lordosis

    ‘Patients with postural kyphosis can generally correct the kyphosis by making a conscious effort to do so.’
    • ‘The symptoms of kyphosis may resemble other spinal conditions or deformities, or may be a result of an injury or infection.’
    • ‘Kyphosis is a progressive disorder that can affect children or adults in the thoracic or cervical spine.’
    • ‘However, a spine affected by kyphosis shows evidence of a forward curvature of the back bones (vertebrae) in the upper back area, giving the child a "humpback" appearance.’


Mid 19th century from Greek kuphōsis, from kuphos ‘bent, hunchbacked’.