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 groom’s father is an orthopedic surgeon and the managing partner of Orthopedic Specialists in Davenport, Iowa. New York Times, "Isabelle Marino, Ryan Hoffman," 24 June 2018 Another 21 patients suffered severe chemical burns from exposure to sea water mixed with fuel, while others need immediate surgery for orthopedic issues. Washington Post, "Migrant rescue ship standoff in Mediterranean divides Europe," 12 June 2018 Looking at roles other than the attending, orthopedic and neurosurgery teams typically had mostly men the OR, while gynecology departments staffed mostly women. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 Duvernay-Tardif did take one orthopedic exam during a bye week in 2015, spending a flight back from London studying while his teammates celebrated. Washington Post, "NFL players trade helmets for caps and gowns in offseason," 27 June 2018 The Kendall location is Greystone’s fourth health and rehabilitation center in South Florida and will have an array of medical services as well as specialized orthopedic, cardiac and stroke rehabilitation programs. miamiherald, "Senior-level hires and promotions in South Florida for the week of June 25, 2018," 25 June 2018 Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach opened a 21,000-square-foot rehabilitation center on Monday for adults who have suffered orthopedic and neurological crises, including strokes and other traumatic injuries. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Virtual reality, Smart car and putting green help patients at new Hoag center recover from traumatic injuries," 20 June 2018 The efforts appeared to pay off, with the administration removing or nearly removing products including defibrillators, orthopedic implants and hearing aids, Mr. Novarro said in a note to clients on Friday. Mike Colias, WSJ, "U.S., China Tariffs Hit American-Made Products from Chips to Cars," 15 June 2018 We’ve been ranked the number one orthopedic group for six years and running in Arizona. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Healthy travel," 4 June 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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