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spinal cur·va·ture

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  1. spinal curvaturenoun

    an abnormal curvature of the vertebral column


  1. spinal curvature

    Spinal curvature refers to the natural, healthy bends in the spine that create three front-to-back curves when viewed from the side: at the neck (cervical curvature), mid-back (thoracic curvature), and lower back (lumbar curvature). These curves help the spine withstand great amounts of stress by providing a more even distribution of body weight. However, spinal curvature can also refer to medical conditions that cause an abnormal curve in the spine, such as scoliosis, kyphosis, and lordosis, where the spine curves sideways or excessively inwards or outwards.


  1. Spinal curvature

    Although spinal curvature can refer to the normal concave and convex curvature of the spine, in clinical contexts, the phrase usually refers to deviations from the expected curvature, even when that difference is a reduction in curvature. Types include kyphosis, lordosis, and scoliosis. The terms can be used to explain a increase in curvature as well. Eg, the curve of the lumbar region is called a lordosis, but if it is curving drastically inwards, it can be referred to as an excessive or hyper-lordosis. The thoracic and sacral curves develop in the fetus. Around 6 months after birth the cervical curve appears which helps hold the head up. Around one year of age the lumbar curve develops which helps with balance and walking. The cervical and lumbar curves are considered secondary curves whereas the thoracic and sacral curves are primary.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spinal curvature in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spinal curvature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • انحناء العمود الفقريArabic
  • ریڑھ کی ہڈیUrdu

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