chiropractic

[ kahy-ruh-prak-tik ]
/ ˌkaɪ rəˈpræk tɪk /

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.

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Origin of chiropractic

1895–1900, Americanism;chiro- + -practic<Greek praktikós;see practical
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British Dictionary definitions for chiropractic

chiropractic
/ (ˌkaɪrəˈpræktɪk) /

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 of chiropractic

chiropractor, noun

Word Origin for chiropractic

C20: from chiro- + -practic, from Greek praktikos effective, practical
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Medical definitions for chiropractic

chiropractic
[ kīrə-prăk′tĭk ]

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.

Other words from chiropractic

chiro•prac′tor n.
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Cultural definitions for chiropractic

chiropractic
[ (keye-ruh-prak-tik) ]

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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