orthopedic

adjective or·tho·pe·dic \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-dik \
variants: or less commonly orthopaedic
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

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

orthopedically

play \ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of orthopedic in a Sentence

  1. She was wearing orthopedic shoes.

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Origin and Etymology of orthopedic

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


ORTHOPEDIC Defined for English Language Learners

orthopedic

adjective

Definition of orthopedic for English Language Learners

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

  • : affecting bones or muscles


Medical Dictionary

orthopedic

adjective or·tho·pe·dic
variants: or chiefly British orthopaedic play \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

orthopedically

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


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