or·​tho·​pe·​dic | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-dik How to pronounce orthopedic (audio) \
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 How to pronounce orthopedic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of orthopedic in a Sentence

She was wearing orthopedic shoes.
Recent Examples on the Web Inside Baghdad’s Mohamed al-Jawad medical center, Ghassan Mohammed, an orthopedic doctor now overseeing the facility’s vaccination program, counts only around 10 takers daily. Washington Post, "For an Iraqi doctor, vaccination is bittersweet. It didn’t come in time for her father.," 30 Mar. 2021 Early in the pandemic, people with time on their hands took on home projects, says Roy Cardoso, an orthopedic hand surgeon at Baptist Health’s Miami Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Strains, Sprains and Pinched Nerves: Injuries at Home Are on the Rise," 19 Apr. 2021 Bronze unveiled on Friday In a news release from HonorHealth about the sculpture's unveiling on Friday afternoon, Russo was described as one of its longtime medical staff members and orthopedic surgeon. Chelsea Curtis, The Arizona Republic, "'Absolutely tone deaf': HonorHealth hospital removes sculpture after backlash," 12 Apr. 2021 Open 24 hours, the center has an extremely caring medical staff, including orthopedic surgeon Dr. Sarah Evans and neurologist Dr. Caroline Nye, along with MRI, CT Scan and ultrasound diagnostic equipment. Beth Landman, Forbes, "Insider Tips For A Palm Beach Visit," 7 Apr. 2021 An attorney who contributed the NCD's 2018 report on guardianships recalls objecting when a court appointed an orthopedic surgeon to weigh in on a woman with an intellectual disability. Whizy Kim, refinery29.com, "The Story Of Britney Spears Is A Story Of Disability Rights," 6 Apr. 2021 When the charges against Newport Beach orthopedic surgeon and former Bravo reality star Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, substitute teacher Cerissa Riley, were revealed back in September of 2018, the world gawked at the unlikely criminals. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows and Movies Debuting This Week—Including Stabler's Law & Order Spin-Off," 28 Mar. 2021 In his own practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Birmingham since 1995, Davis does a lot of hip and knee replacements, often using a robot to do most of the procedures. al, "Surgeon who nearly died of COVID-19 returns to work," 25 Mar. 2021 An anesthesiologist was brought in from North Carolina, and a local orthopedic surgeon was called in to assist. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Nora the polar bear’s many challenges, including leg surgery, are recounted in a new book. Here’s an excerpt.," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of orthopedic was in 1829

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9 May 2021

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“Orthopedic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopedic. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce orthopedic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce orthopedic (audio) \ adverb

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