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

  • n. 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

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

Etymologies

From orthopedic, from French orthopédique, from orthopédie, orthopedic surgery : Greek ortho-, ortho- + Greek paideia, child-rearing (from pais, paid-, child; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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