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English noun: curvature

1. curvature (state) (medicine) a curving or bending; often abnormal

SamplesCurvature of the spine.

Broader (hypernym)condition, status

Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

2. curvature (attribute) the rate of change (at a point) of the angle between a curve and a tangent to the curve

Broader (hypernym)derivative, derived function, differential, differential coefficient, first derivative

3. curvature (attribute) the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface


Broader (hypernym)configuration, conformation, contour, form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)curliness, straightness, waviness

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