osteopathy

noun os·te·op·a·thy \ ˌä-stē-ˈä-pə-thē \

Definition of osteopathy

:a system of medical practice based on a theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity which can be restored by manipulation of the parts supplemented by therapeutic measures (such as use of drugs or surgery)

osteopathic

play \ˌä-stē-ə-ˈpa-thik\ adjective

osteopathically

play \ˌä-stē-ə-ˈpa-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of osteopathy

New Latin osteopathia, from oste- + Latin -pathia -pathy


OSTEOPATHY Defined for English Language Learners

osteopathy

noun

Definition of osteopathy for English Language Learners

  • medical : a method of treating people who are sick or in pain by pushing and moving bones and muscles


Medical Dictionary

osteopathy

noun os·te·op·a·thy \ ˌäs-tē-ˈäp-ə-thē \

medical Definition of osteopathy

plural osteopathies
1 :a disease of bone
2 :a system of medical practice based on a theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity which can be restored by manipulation of the parts supplemented by therapeutic measures (as use of medicine or surgery)

osteopathic

play \ˌäs-tē-ə-ˈpath-ik\ adjective

osteopathically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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