NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,804 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

kyphosis
(ky-FOH-sis)
A condition marked by a humpback-like rounding or outward curve of the upper backbone. It may be present at birth or it may be caused by growth problems, arthritis, osteoporosis, tumors, or certain other disorders. It may also occur at some point in time after radiation therapy to the backbone.