Meaning of valgus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈvalɡəs/


mass nounMedicine
  • A deformity involving oblique displacement of part of a limb away from the midline.

    The opposite of varus

    ‘The lower extremities were equal in length, and no varus or valgus deformity of the knee was present.’
    • ‘The associated valgus deformity contributed to osteoarthritic changes.’
    • ‘Prophylactic knee braces are designed to protect uninjured knees from valgus stresses that could damage the medial collateral ligaments.’
    • ‘There were no patients with posterior or valgus laxity.’
    • ‘This condition occurs because of repetitive valgus stress.’


Early 19th century from Latin, literally ‘knock-kneed’.