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 The masks were developed with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon and are one-size-fits-most. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "How to buy face masks, according to medical experts," 8 May 2020 Ahmad Al-Qassab, 44, is an orthopedic surgeon with 16 years’ experience in Iraq. Charlotte Mcdonald-gibson, Time, "Healthcare Workers From Refugee Backgrounds Want to Help Fight COVID-19. One Man's Journey Shows How That Might Be Possible," 28 Apr. 2020 Neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and cardiovascular surgeons each generate an average of more than $3.3 million per year for hospitals, according to a survey conducted by consulting firm Merritt Hawkins. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Elective surgeries resume in North Texas, but many are taking ‘baby steps’," 22 Apr. 2020 Its 14 members included a dentist, a gastroenterologist, an orthopedic surgeon and an Alabama lawmaker who has been fighting for years to execute more prisoners in this state, even if that means bringing back the electric chair. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Whitmire: Mo Brooks spouts nonsense, Ivey finds her nerve," 21 Apr. 2020 Monday's order affects a host of services, ranging from routine teeth cleaning to chiropractor treatment and orthopedic surgery. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "What Kentucky's ban on elective medical procedures due to coronavirus means for abortion," 23 Mar. 2020 And then there’s Dr. Elvis Francois, an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota whose video of him singing to alleviate stress during the tension of the coronavirus was an internet favorite. NBC News, "Black scientists hope to begin testing antiviral drug for coronavirus in two weeks," 16 Apr. 2020 The medical providers work in both McLaren hospitals and medical offices, and include cardiologists, family and internal medicine doctors, and orthopedic surgeons. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "McLaren Medical to furlough many of its 500 doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners," 15 Apr. 2020 Elsewhere on campus, orthopedic surgeons have repurposed their own 3-D printers, usually used for fabricating bone models, into the shield-making effort. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "On the bright side: UCSF using 3-D printing to make much-needed face shields for health care workers," 11 Apr. 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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Orthopedic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopedic. Accessed 30 May. 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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