or·tho·pe·dic | \ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-dik \
variants: or less commonly orthopaedic

Definition of orthopedic 

1 : of, relating to, or employed in orthopedics an orthopedic surgeon orthopedic shoes

2 : marked by or affected with a skeletal deformity, disorder, or injury an orthopedic condition people with orthopedic problems

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Other Words from orthopedic

orthopedically \ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-di-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

Examples of orthopedic in a Sentence

She was wearing orthopedic shoes.

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Valero initially reported that no employees were injured, but the lawsuit's 28 plaintiffs say they have been treated for orthopedic injuries, hearing loss and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Valero plant workers file suit after Texas City refinery explosion," 31 May 2018 The workers claim the explosion lead to post traumatic stress disorder, orthopedic injuries and hearing loss. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Workers sue San Antonio-based Valero for refinery explosion injuries," 31 May 2018 There are many different causes ranging from sports, other orthopedic or traumatic injuries, hyper flexible joints, inflammation, autoimmune conditions, intestinal dysmotility, and emotional or psychological distress. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Treat pain in children differently than adults," 3 May 2018 OrthoExpress will offer urgent care specifically for orthopedic injuries, such as fractures, dislocations and sprains. William Thornton, AL.com, "OrthoExpress opening Chelsea location March 1," 19 Feb. 2018 The most common orthopedic injuries were lateral ankle sprains and knee inflammation. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "Is Joel Embiid's size an injury risk? Science explains it all," 23 Jan. 2018 The groom’s father is an orthopedic surgeon and the managing partner of Orthopedic Specialists in Davenport, Iowa. New York Times, "Isabelle Marino, Ryan Hoffman," 24 June 2018 Another 21 patients suffered severe chemical burns from exposure to sea water mixed with fuel, while others need immediate surgery for orthopedic issues. Washington Post, "Migrant rescue ship standoff in Mediterranean divides Europe," 12 June 2018 Looking at roles other than the attending, orthopedic and neurosurgery teams typically had mostly men the OR, while gynecology departments staffed mostly women. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of orthopedic

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for orthopedic

French orthopédique, from orthopédie orthopedics, from orth- + Greek paid-, pais child — more at few

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English Language Learners Definition of orthopedic

: used in the treatment of illnesses and injuries that affect bones and muscles

: affecting bones or muscles


variants: or chiefly British orthopaedic \ˌȯr-thə-ˈpēd-ik \

Medical Definition of orthopedic 

1 : of, relating to, or employed in orthopedics orthopedic surgery orthopedic casts

2 : marked by or affected with a deformity, disorder, or injury of the skeleton and associated structures

Other Words from orthopedic

orthopedically or chiefly British orthopaedically \-ˈpēd-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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