Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
foot deformity in which the feet are extroverted, so that the inner ankle rests on the ground, while the sole of the foot is more or less turned outwards, 1800, from Latin varus "bent, bent outwards, turned awry, crooked," specifically "with legs bent inward, knock-kneed," of uncertain origin.\n\nIf the original meaning was 'with the legs opened', varus might be compared with vanus and vastus, and reflect *wa-ro- 'going apart, letting go'. In any case, none of the other etymologies proposed seems plausible.
[de Vaan]\nThe use of classical varus and valgus, which denoted deformities of the legs, in modern medicine to describe deformities of the feet, was criticized by learned writers (see "Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal," July 1838).
Varus may refer to:
- Var River or Varus, a river in France
- Stura di Lanzo or Varus, a river in Italy
- Varus deformity, a medical term for the inward angulation of the distal segment of a bone or joint
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Varus \Va"rus\, n. [NL., fr. L., bent, grown inwards.] (Med.) A deformity in which the foot is turned inward. See Talipes.
adj. turned inward; especially of a deformity in which part of a limb is twisted toward the center of the body; "varus deformities of the hand" [ant: valgus]
n. A deformity in which the foot is turned inward.
Usage examples of "varus".
That autocratic piece of excrement, Varus, was not about to tell me anything, so I thank you for all this news.
This was what he had been sentenced to death for, equinus of the ankle, varus of the heel, and adduction of the forefoot -- an affliction that would be remedied by a doctor in a matter of minutes.
This was what he had been sentenced to death for, equinus of the ankle, varus of the heel, and adduction of the forefoot-an affliction that would be remedied by a doctor in a matter of minutes.