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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.
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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|Noun||1.||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