dowager's hump

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dow·a·ger's hump

An abnormal curvature of the spine that is primarily manifested as a rounded hump in the upper back and that typically affects older women. The curvature is the result of collapse of the spinal column caused by osteoporosis.

dow′ager's hump′

n. Informal.
a type of kyphosis, common in older women, in which the shoulders become rounded and the upper back develops a hump.
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Noun1.dowager's hump - abnormal spinal curvature that results when osteoporosis causes the spine to collapse; seen most often in elderly women
osteoporosis - abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women
spinal curvature - an abnormal curvature of the vertebral column
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Given that hyperkyphosis is also associated with bone loss and vertebral fractures, the authors of the article "Patterns of menopausal hormone therapy use and hyperkyphosis in older women" hypothesised that HT may also be effective in helping prevent exaggerated spine curvature, sometimes called dowager's hump.
One physical issue often associated with aging is called a dowager's hump.
August believes the iHunch (similar to a dowager's hump in the elderly, usually associated with osteoporosis) can result in permanent curvature of the spine and is the underlying problem of most neck and upper back issues and up to 50 per cent of headaches.
Spinal fractures are the most common type of osteoporotic fractures and can cause extreme pain, long or short-term disability and Dowager's hump.
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If my postal delivery person comes down with a case of dowager's hump, I will feel responsible.
It's a short step from there to the spine curving outwards to form a hump - the dowager's hump - that thrusts the head and neck forward and down, making walking painful and difficult.