Literally meaning: “affection of vertebrae”
Origin: Anc Greek
σπόνδυλος/spondylos(=vertebra) >σπάω/spao(=break)+τύλος/tylos(=callus, corn)
–πάθεια/patheia (-pathy, suffix denoting “suffering”) > πάθος( masculine gender) / pathos(=passion, sorrow, strong emotion).
Spondylopathy is any disorder of the vertabrae characterised by pain and stiffness of the part. In contrast, a spondyloarthropathy is a medical condition involving only the vertebral joints.