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

  • n. A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques in conjunction with conventional medical, surgical, pharmacological, and other therapeutic procedures.

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  • n. The branch of therapy based on manipulation of bones and muscles

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any disease of the bones.
  • n. A system of treatment based on the theory that diseases are chiefly due to deranged mechanism of the bones, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues, and can be remedied by manipulations of these parts. Modern practitioners use the therapeutic and diagnostic techniques of modern medicine as well as manipulative procedures.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A theory of disease and a method of cure, advocated by Dr. A. T. Still, resting upon the supposition that most diseases are traceable to deformation of some part of the skeleton (often due to accident) which, by mechanical pressure on the adjacent nerves and vessels, interferes with their action and the circulation of the blood. As a remedy a form of manipulation is used.
  • n. Any disease of the bones.

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

  • n. therapy based on the assumption that restoring health is best accomplished by manipulating the skeleton and muscles


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osteo- + -pathy



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