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[bohn-set-er] /ˈboʊnˌsɛt ər/
a person who treats or sets fractures, broken or dislocated bones, or the like, especially one who is not a regular physician or surgeon; healer.
Origin of bonesetter
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at bone, setter Unabridged
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  • The bonesetter was puzzled by this sudden change in the count's intentions.

    The Hated Son Honore de Balzac
  • The counsel of the bonesetter still continued in the countess's mind.

    The Hated Son Honore de Balzac
  • I hear that Blaney had to go to bonesetter Reese this winter for some trouble in his salary wing.

    Baseball Joe on the Giants Lester Chadwick
  • She bows her old head to a voice that speaks to her loudly, her bonesetter, her medicineman: me she slights.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • But he turned at the last words uttered by the bonesetter, with an almost frenzied motion, and came to him with uplifted dagger.

    The Hated Son Honore de Balzac
  • In the absence of the count she ventured to send for the bonesetter, whose name she had caught and remembered.

    The Hated Son Honore de Balzac
  • Though the expression of despair on the duke's face was truly awful, the bonesetter could not repress a smile.

    The Hated Son Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for bonesetter


a person who sets broken or dislocated bones, esp one who has no formal medical qualifications
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