or·​tho·​pe·​dics | \ ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-diks How to pronounce orthopedics (audio) \
variants: or less commonly orthopaedics

Definition of orthopedics

: a branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (such as tendons and ligaments)

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Just as an orthodontist corrects crookedness in the teeth, an orthopedist corrects crookedness in the skeleton. Orthopedics is formed in part from the Greek word for "child", and many orthopedic patients are in fact children. But adults also often have need of orthopedic therapy, as when suffering from a joint disease like arthritis or when recovering from a broken arm or leg.

Examples of orthopedics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The larger footprint has allowed the VA to add 10 specialties to the location: dental, dermatology, gastroenterology, orthopedics, pain management, podiatry, prosthetics, sleep medicine, urology and occupational therapy. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 The new system would have 25,000 employees, and would expect to expand service lines including orthopedics, cardiology, obstetrics and behavioral health. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Soon-Shiong, who had not performed surgery in years and had no background in orthopedics, was in the operating room. The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 Hospitals use algorithms and communications for many different health care services, such as cardiology and orthopedics. Chris Hemphill, STAT, 7 Aug. 2021 The hospital, Cleveland Clinic’s first in Lake County, will initially focus on digestive diseases, general surgery, urology, cardiovascular care, orthopedics, and pulmonary care. cleveland, 20 Sep. 2021 Additional diagnostic imaging services are scheduled to open later this year and plans include adding orthopedics and obstetrics. Bob Bong, chicagotribune.com, 13 July 2021 How patients benefit: An enlargement of the existing center will provide room for services such as an Urgent Care, behavioral health, orthopedics, sports medicine, corporate health and more. Julie Washington, cleveland, 20 July 2021 Rush ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the country in nine specialties, including third for neurology and neurosurgery and sixth for orthopedics. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of orthopedics

circa 1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Orthopedics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopedics. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of orthopedics

: a branch of medicine that tries to prevent and correct problems that affect bones and muscles


noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
variants: or chiefly British orthopaedics \ -​ˈpēd-​iks How to pronounce orthopedics (audio) \

Medical Definition of orthopedics

: a branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures (as tendons and ligaments)

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