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Definition of Pott's disease

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.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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