bonesetter

noun

bone·​set·​ter ˈbōn-ˌse-tər How to pronounce bonesetter (audio)
: a person who sets broken or dislocated bones usually without being a licensed physician

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Across from a chocolate maker, a collective of herbalists, midwives, and bonesetters operate a small medicinal garden with plots of mugwort and rue, selling soaps and supplements out of their shop. Julien Capmeil, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1518, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bonesetter was circa 1518

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“Bonesetter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bonesetter. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

bonesetter

noun
bone·​set·​ter -ˌset-ər How to pronounce bonesetter (audio)
: a person who sets broken or dislocated bones usually without being a licensed physician
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