Meaning of scoliosis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌskɒlɪˈəʊsɪs/


mass nounMedicine
  • Abnormal lateral curvature of the spine.

    ‘She had suffered from glandular fever, migraine and scoliosis (curvature of the spine), and thought she had a brain tumour.’
    • ‘All but two (with congenital scoliosis) had adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and 26 had already undergone some treatment for the condition.’
    • ‘His lung exam was significant for limited chest excursion, but he did not have obvious kyphosis or scoliosis.’
    • ‘If your child has moderate scoliosis or scoliosis that is progressing, a back brace may be recommended.’
    • ‘Each student underwent a brief medical examination of the spine for scoliosis.’


Early 18th century modern Latin, from Greek, from skolios ‘bent’.