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.

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The orthopedic surgeon specializes in working with professional athletes. Patrick Donnelly, The Seattle Times, "Indians escape bases-loaded jam in 9th, hold off Twins 2-1," 30 Mar. 2019 The survey didn’t include hospital revenue from referrals by internal-medicine doctors to specialists, such as orthopedic surgeons or cardiologists. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "The Hidden System That Explains How Your Doctor Makes Referrals," 27 Dec. 2018 Think kinetic science, orthopedic surgery, neuroscience, advanced wound healing, vital-sign monitors, and adaptive physical therapy for people with disabilities—just for starters. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Battery Fashion: Scientists Weave Rechargeable Electronics Into Clothes," 9 Nov. 2018 Services will include gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatry, urology, sports health, hand surgery, gynecology and breast surgery. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cleveland Clinic readies new $53 million Coral Springs Family Health Center," 13 July 2018 All of the patients had some kind of surgery (such as cardiac or orthopedic) or an endoscopic procedure between 2013 and 2016, and all of them had their pain treated with opioids. Karen Kaplan, latimes.com, "Researchers tally the physical and financial costs of opioid painkillers' side effects," 23 May 2018 Prehab is particularly useful when knees are weak and have limited range of motion, says Patrick Horst, an orthopedic surgeon and assistant professor at University of Minnesota Medical School. Cheryl Stritzel Mccarthy, WSJ, "What You Need to Do Before Having Knee Surgery," 20 Nov. 2018 The actual number of cases is unknown, with some orthopedic physicians and surgeons only seeing a handful of congenital cases per year, according to Dr. Hausman and Dr. Iafrate. Sarah Valenzuela, SELF, "My Congenital Disorder Confuses a Lot of Trainers, So I Have to Be My Own Fitness Expert," 9 Nov. 2018 Over the next few months, a group of orthopedic and rheumatology patients in New Zealand will get to test out the 3D colored X-rays in clinical trials. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "See Bones, Blood and Tissue in World's First 3D Colored X-Ray," 14 July 2018

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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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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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