Meaning of CURVATURE in English


ˈkərvəˌchu̇(ə)r, -ə̄v-, -əiv-, -u̇ə sometimes -və.ˌtyu̇- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin curvatura, from curvatus + -ura -ure


a. : curve : curved part

b. : the act of curving or the state of being curved

2. of a plane curve : the rate of change per unit of arc length of the angle through which the tangent turns in rolling round from point to point of the curve


a. : an abnormal curving

curvature of the spine

— see kyphosis , scoliosis

b. : a curved surface of an organ

the lesser curvature of the stomach

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