osteopathy


os·te·op·a·thy

noun \ˌäs-tē-ˈä-pə-thē\

medical : a method of treating people who are sick or in pain by pushing and moving bones and muscles

Full Definition of OSTEOPATHY

:  a system of medical practice based on a theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity which can be restored by manipulation of the parts supplemented by therapeutic measures (as use of drugs or surgery)
os·te·o·path·ic \ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈpa-thik\ adjective
os·te·o·path·i·cal·ly \-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of OSTEOPATHY

New Latin osteopathia, from oste- + Latin -pathia -pathy
First Known Use: 1899

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

os·te·op·a·thy

noun \ˌäs-tē-ˈäp-ə-thē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural os·te·op·a·thies

Medical Definition of OSTEOPATHY

1
: a disease of bone
2
: a system of medical practice based on a theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity which can be restored by manipulation of the parts supplemented by therapeutic measures (as use of medicine or surgery)
os·teo·path·ic \ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈpath-ik\ adjective
os·teo·path·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

osteopathy

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Health-care profession founded by the U.S. physician Andrew Taylor Still (1828–1917) as a reform movement against the rather primitive 19th-century drugs and surgical techniques. It emphasizes the relationship between musculoskeletal structure and organ function. Osteopathic physicians learn to recognize and correct structural problems through manipulative and other therapies. Osteopathic hospitals provide general or specialized health care, including maternity and emergency care.

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