or·​tho·​pe·​dist ˌȯr-thə-ˈpē-dist How to pronounce orthopedist (audio)
plural orthopedists
: a specialist in orthopedics : a doctor who specializes in the branch of medicine concerned with the correction or prevention of deformities, disorders, or injuries of the skeleton and associated structures
An orthopedist treated her knee injury.

Examples of orthopedist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But persistent hip pain sent her to an orthopedist. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 31 Jan. 2024 Lowry leaves: Lowry went to the locker room holding his left hand, followed by the team orthopedist with 8:18 left in the third period. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024 Substantial disparities between what primary care physicians earn relative to specialists like orthopedists and cardiologists can weigh into medical students' decisions about which field to choose. Michelle Andrews, CBS News, 15 Nov. 2023 In the clip, Thomas shared that his orthopedist told him that his ankle had re-fractured and was not healing. Sandra Rose Salathe, Peoplemag, 30 Sep. 2023 Three years ago, his orthopedist recommended trying pickleball since an existing back injury kept him off the golf course. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 29 Sep. 2023 After being lapped, the Padres have grabbed and pulled a hammy few orthopedists expected. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 An orthopedist advised him to take six months off from throwing. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2023 In addition to an orthopedist and sports medicine doctor, teams will also employ at least three athletic trainers as well. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 19 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of orthopedist was in 1853

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“Orthopedist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orthopedist. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a physician who specializes in orthopedics

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British orthopaedist
: a specialist in orthopedics

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