orthopedics


or·tho·pe·dics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \-ˈpē-diks\

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

Full Definition of ORTHOPEDICS

:  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)
or·tho·pe·dist \-ˈpē-dist\ noun

Variants of ORTHOPEDICS

or·tho·pe·dics also or·tho·pae·dics \-ˈpē-diks\

First Known Use of ORTHOPEDICS

circa 1853

or·tho·pe·dics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ORTHOPEDICS

: 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·tho·pe·dics or chiefly British or·tho·pae·dics \-ˈpēd-iks\

orthopedics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Medical specialty concerned with the skeleton and its associated structures. Orthopedists treat fractures, strained muscles, torn ligaments and tendons, and other injuries and deal with acquired and congenital skeletal deformities and the effects of degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis. Originally dependent on heavy braces and splints, orthopedics now uses bone grafts, hip and other joint replacements, prostheses (see prosthesis), special footwear, and braces to enhance mobility. Orthopedics uses the techniques of physical medicine and rehabilitation and occupational therapy in addition to those of traditional medicine and surgery.

Variants of ORTHOPEDICS

orthopedics or orthopedic surgery

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: orthoperiodic acid
Previous Word in the Dictionary: orthopedic
All Words Near: orthopedics

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up orthopedics? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More