osteopathy

noun

os·​te·​op·​a·​thy ˌä-stē-ˈä-pə-thē How to pronounce osteopathy (audio)
: a system of medical practice that emphasizes a holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care and utilizes the manipulation of musculoskeletal tissues along with other therapeutic measures (such as the use of drugs or surgery) to prevent and treat disease : osteopathic medicine

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Students at Noorda and Rocky Vista graduate as doctors of osteopathy — D.O.s — rather than doctors of medicine, or M.D.s. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 Doctors of medicine and osteopathy are starting side jobs, from selling stick-on nail colors to dog walking. Monya De, STAT, 17 Feb. 2020 Okay, but is there any scientific evidence to back up cranial osteopathy? Leah Groth, Health.com, 29 Oct. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

osteo- + -pathy

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of osteopathy was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Osteopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/osteopathy. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

osteopathy

noun
os·​te·​op·​a·​thy ˌäs-tē-ˈäp-ə-thē How to pronounce osteopathy (audio)
: a system of treating diseases that uses procedures involving especially the manipulation of bones but does not exclude other treatment (as the use of drugs and surgery)
osteopathic
ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈpath-ik
adjective

Medical Definition

osteopathy

noun
os·​te·​op·​a·​thy ˌäs-tē-ˈäp-ə-thē How to pronounce osteopathy (audio)
plural osteopathies
1
: a disease of bone
2
: a system of medical practice that emphasizes a holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care and utilizes the manipulation of musculoskeletal tissues along with other therapeutic measures (such as the use of drugs or surgery) to prevent or treat disease : osteopathic medicine

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