dowager's hump
noun Date: 1948 an abnormal outward curvature of the upper back with round shoulders and stooped posture caused especially by bone loss and anterior compression of the vertebrae in osteoporosis

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  • dowager's hump — n. a condition caused by osteoporosis in which the shoulders are rounded and the spine becomes prominently bowed, forming a hump in the upper back …   English World dictionary

  • Dowager's hump — An abnormal outward curvature of the vertebrae of upper back. Compression of the front (anterior) portion of the involved vertebrae leads to forward bending of the spine (kyphosis) and creates a hump at the upper back. Dowager s hump is due to… …   Medical dictionary

  • dowager's hump — dow′ager s hump′ n. inf pat a type of kyphosis, common in older women, in which the shoulders become rounded and the upper back develops a hump …   From formal English to slang

  • dowager's hump — /daʊədʒəz ˈhʌmp/ (say dowuhjuhz hump) noun → widow s hump …   Australian English dictionary

  • dowager's hump — a type of kyphosis, common in older women, in which the shoulders become rounded and the upper back develops a hump: caused by osteoporosis resulting in skeletal deformity. Cf. lordosis. * * * …   Universalium

  • dowager's hump — noun The hump like projection seen on the back of older people caused by kyphosis of the spine, consequent to osteoporosis; especially seen in women …   Wiktionary

  • dowager's hump — curvature of the spine in the cervical (neck) and upper thoracic region caused by osteoporosis. Compare: buffalo hump …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • dowager's hump — noun forward curvature of the spine resulting in a stoop, typically in women with osteoporosis …   English new terms dictionary

  • dowager's hump — noun abnormal spinal curvature that results when osteoporosis causes the spine to collapse; seen most often in elderly women • Hypernyms: ↑spinal curvature, ↑osteoporosis …   Useful english dictionary

  • widow's hump — /wɪdoʊz ˈhʌmp/ (say widohz hump) noun a hump at the base of the back of the neck, occurring in elderly women. Also, dowager s hump …   Australian English dictionary

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