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orthopedics

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction or·tho·pe·dics \-ˈpē-diks\

Simple Definition of orthopedics

  • medical : a branch of medicine that tries to prevent and correct problems that affect bones and muscles

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of orthopedics

  1. :  a branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (as tendons and ligaments)

orthopedist

play \-ˈpē-dist\ noun

Did You Know?

Just as an orthodontist corrects crookedness in the teeth, an orthopedist corrects crookedness in the skeleton. Orthopedics is formed in part from the Greek word for "child", and many orthopedic patients are in fact children. But adults also often have need of orthopedic therapy, as when suffering from a joint disease like arthritis or when recovering from a broken arm or leg.

Circa 1853

First Known Use of orthopedics

circa 1853

Variants of orthopedics

also

orthopaedics


Medical Dictionary

orthopedics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction or·tho·pe·dics

Medical Definition of orthopedics

  1. :  a branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (as tendons and ligaments)



Variants of orthopedics

or chiefly British

orthopaedics

\-ˈpēd-iks\play


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