chiropractic [ kahy-r uh- prak-tik ] SHOW IPA / ˌkaɪ rəˈpræk tɪk / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the segments of the spinal column. a chiropractor. Nearby words chironomid
chirospasm Origin of chiropractic 1895–1900, Americanism
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Examples from the Web for chiropractic British Dictionary definitions for chiropractic noun a system of treating bodily disorders by manipulation of the spine and other parts, based on the belief that the cause is the abnormal functioning of a nerve Derived Forms chiropractor, noun Word Origin for chiropractic
chiro- + -practic, from Greek praktikos effective, practical
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Word Origin and History for chiropractic
coined in American English, 1898 (adj.); 1899 (n.), from
chiro- "hand" + praktikos "practical" (see practical), the whole of it loosely meant as "done by hand."
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Medicine definitions for chiropractic n. A system of therapy that utilizes the recuperative powers of the body and the relationship between the musculoskeletal structures and the functions of the body, particularly of the spinal column and the nervous system, in the restoration and maintenance of health. Related forms chi ′ro•prac′tor n.
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Culture definitions for chiropractic
A system of treating disease and musculoskeletal disorders that involves manipulation of the backbone and other body parts. In chiropractic, disorders of the
nerves are considered the cause of illness.
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