Pott's disease
An old term for tuberculosis of the spine that caused softening and collapse of the vertebrae, often resulting in kyphosis, a "hunchback" deformity, which was called "Pott's curvature." Named for the English surgeon Sir John Percivall Pott (1714-1788) who described it.

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Pott's disease 'päts- n tuberculosis of the spine with destruction of bone resulting in curvature of the spine and occas. in paralysis of the lower extremities
Pott Percivall (1714-1788)
British surgeon. The leading surgeon in London in his time, Pott did much to improve the lot and reputation of surgeons. He is best known for three important medical contributions. In 1768 he published a seminal work on fractures and dislocations. In 1779 he described a form of spinal disease that accompanies curvature of the spine; it is now known as Pott's disease. In 1760 he described osteomyelitis of the calvarium.

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tuberculosis of the backbone. Untreated, it can lead to a hunchback deformity. Treatment is antituberculous chemotherapy and occasionally surgery.
P. Pott (1714-88), British surgeon

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Pott's disease — Pott s dis*ease (Med.) Caries of the vertebr[ae], frequently resulting in curvature of the spine and paralysis of the lower extremities; so named from Percival Pott, an English surgeon. [1913 Webster] {Pott s fracture}, a fracture of the lower… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pott's disease — Pott s′ disease [[t]pɒts[/t]] n. pat caries of the bodies of the vertebrae, often resulting in marked curvature of the spine • Etymology: 1825–35; after Percival Pott (1714–88), British surgeon, who described it …   From formal English to slang

  • Pott's disease — [päts′] n. [after Percival Pott (1714 88), Eng surgeon] tuberculous caries of the vertebrae, resulting in curvature of the spine …   English World dictionary

  • Pott's disease — noun TB of the spine with destruction of vertebrae resulting in curvature of the spine • Hypernyms: ↑tuberculosis, ↑TB, ↑T.B. * * * ˈpäts noun Usage: usually capitalized P Etymology: after Percivall Pott died 1788 English surgeon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pott's disease — Rachialgia Ra chi*al gi*a (r[=a] k[i^]*[a^]l j[i^]*[.a]), n. [NL., fr. Gr. ra chis backbone + a lgos pain.] (Med.) A painful affection of the spine; especially, {Pott s disease}; also, formerly, lead colic. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pott's disease — noun Etymology: Percivall Pott died 1788 English surgeon Date: 1835 tuberculosis of the spine with destruction of bone resulting in curvature of the spine …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pott's disease — /pots/, Pathol. caries of the bodies of the vertebrae, often resulting in marked curvature of the spine, and usually associated with a tuberculosis infection. [1825 35; named after Percival Pott (1714 88), British surgeon, who described it] * * * …   Universalium

  • Pott's disease — tuberculosis of the backbone. Untreated, it can lead to a hunchback deformity. Treatment is antituberculous chemotherapy and occasionally surgery. [P. Pott (1714–88), British surgeon] …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • Pott's disease — /ˈpɒts dəziz/ (say pots duhzeez) noun caries of the bodies of the vertebrae, often resulting in marked curvature of the spine, and usually associated with a tuberculosis infection. {named after Percival Pott, 1714–88, English surgeon, who… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pott’s disease — vertebral inflammation …   Eponyms, nicknames, and geographical games

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