or·​tho·​pe·​dic | \ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-dik \
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 \ adverb

Examples of orthopedic in a Sentence

She was wearing orthopedic shoes.

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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 Hospitals also are grappling with shortages of regional anesthesia — local injections of lidocaine, bupivacaine and a third painkiller standard for eye surgery, orthopedic procedures and knee and hip replacements. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 Basil Besh, an orthopedic surgeon whose company, Access Omnicare, took over the clinic in June, declined to comment on specific cases because personal records are confidential. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Tesla’s on-site health clinic accused of undercounting worker injuries," 6 Nov. 2018 Valero initially reported that no employees were injured, but the lawsuit's 28 plaintiffs say they have been treated for orthopedic injuries, hearing loss and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Valero plant workers file suit after Texas City refinery explosion," 31 May 2018 The workers claim the explosion lead to post traumatic stress disorder, orthopedic injuries and hearing loss. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Workers sue San Antonio-based Valero for refinery explosion injuries," 31 May 2018 There are many different causes ranging from sports, other orthopedic or traumatic injuries, hyper flexible joints, inflammation, autoimmune conditions, intestinal dysmotility, and emotional or psychological distress. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Treat pain in children differently than adults," 3 May 2018 OrthoExpress will offer urgent care specifically for orthopedic injuries, such as fractures, dislocations and sprains. William Thornton, AL.com, "OrthoExpress opening Chelsea location March 1," 19 Feb. 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 \

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 \ adverb

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