Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) The art or practice of correcting disorders or deformities of the spine and joints, or, by extension, any deformities of the human body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of disorders of the bones and associated muscles and joints

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the branch of medical science concerned with disorders or deformities of the spine and joints

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From orthopedic, from French orthopédique, from orthopédie, orthopedic surgery : Greek ortho-, ortho- + Greek paideia, child-rearing (from pais, paid-, child; see pau- in Indo-European roots).]

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