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 orthopedically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of orthopedic in a Sentence

She was wearing orthopedic shoes.
Recent Examples on the Web Jahcelyn traveled to an orthopedic center three days a week for her rehabilitation, which lasted seven to eight months. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Panic, shock and fearless perseverance: Jahcelyn Hartfield’s journey back to basketball after a serious ATV accident," 10 Feb. 2020 That includes Region’s Hospital in downtown St. Paul, the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center on Phalen Boulevard, the Park Nicollet clinics and TRIA orthopedic centers. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "HealthPartners to close home care unit, cut 70 St. Paul jobs — third round of layoffs in six weeks," 13 Dec. 2019 Arthrex is a global orthopedic medical device company. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Brasfield & Gorrie completes $36.1 million S.C. project," 26 Nov. 2019 An orthopedic surgeon and two other doctors are also nearby. CBS News, ""He is doing very well": St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester recovering after collapsing, team says," 12 Feb. 2020 The surgery was performed at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, which was co-founded by renowned orthopedic sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews, in Birmingham, Alabama. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Auburn basketball commit Justin Powell has surgery for sports hernia Friday," 24 Jan. 2020 On another race weekend, 38 patients went to the hospital for broken bones, dislocations, head injuries, and other orthopedic injuries. Stephanie Mansour, NBC News, "What you need to know before signing up for a Tough Mudder or Spartan race," 19 Nov. 2019 The hospital will treat patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries including strokes and neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and orthopedic conditions. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Encompass, University of Iowa building rehab hospital," 30 Jan. 2020 Alan Beyer, the orthopedic surgeon and executive medical director at Hoag Orthopedic Institute, told USA TODAY Sports. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson era finally here, but what type of player will Pelicans see?," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Orthopedic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopedic. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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 orthopaedic (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 orthopaedically (audio) \ adverb

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