orthopedics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction or·tho·pe·dics \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-diks \
variants: or less commonly orthopaedics

Definition of orthopedics

:a branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (such as tendons and ligaments)

orthopedist

play \ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-dist\ noun

Did You Know?

Just as an orthodontist corrects crookedness in the teeth, an orthopedist corrects crookedness in the skeleton. Orthopedics is formed in part from the Greek word for "child", and many orthopedic patients are in fact children. But adults also often have need of orthopedic therapy, as when suffering from a joint disease like arthritis or when recovering from a broken arm or leg.

First Known Use of orthopedics

circa 1853


ORTHOPEDICS Defined for English Language Learners

orthopedics

noun

Definition of orthopedics for English Language Learners

  • medical : a branch of medicine that tries to prevent and correct problems that affect bones and muscles


Medical Dictionary

orthopedics

noun plural but singular or plural in construction or·tho·pe·dics
variants: or chiefly British orthopaedics play \-ˈpēd-iks\

medical Definition of orthopedics

:a branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (as tendons and ligaments)


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