chi·​ro·​prac·​tor | \ ˈkī-rə-ˌprak-tər How to pronounce chiropractor (audio) , ˌkī-rə-ˈprak- \
plural chiropractors

Definition of chiropractor

: a licensed health-care professional who treats disorders (such as back and neck pain) chiefly of the musculoskeletal system especially through the manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae to correct nervous system dysfunction : a specialist in chiropractic The broad field of sports medicine includes many different practitioners, from massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors to osteopaths, physicians, dentists, podiatrists, psychologists and psychiatrists.— Carol L. Otis

Examples of chiropractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The decision was due in part to a chiropractor who signed hundreds of medical forms exempting students from the mask mandate, a district official told CNN. Randi Kaye And Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 In less than a year, chiropractor Thaddeus Gala has moved into tiny Ashland in a big way. oregonlive, 2 Oct. 2021 Later that month, a Florida chiropractor reportedly signed more than 500 exemption forms freeing children from school mask requirements. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 My hairdresser and chiropractor are rearing my grand-tomatoes. Charlotte Mendelson, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2021 Also this week, the chiropractor for the American women’s wrestling team apologized after comparing Olympic COVID-19 protocols to Nazi Germany in a social media post. Mari Yamaguchi, Chron, 22 July 2021 Apparently a chiropractor named Dan Busch, DC, CCEP, signed over 500 medical exemption forms for students in the school district, according to Ryan McKinnon reporting for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 After one chiropractor provided over 500 mask opt-out forms for Sarasota County parents, the school district no longer accepts medical exemption forms from chiropractors, according to a news report. Tiffini Theisen,, 2 Sep. 2021 In Sarasota County, where the majority of residents voted for former president Donald Trump in the 2020 election, the chiropractor argued that the school district’s initial exemption form allowed for a variety of health care professionals to sign. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of chiropractor

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chiropractor

chiropract(ic) + -or entry 1

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“Chiropractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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