or or·tho·pae·dic



of or relating to orthopedics.

Origin of orthopedic

1830–40; ortho- + Greek paid- (stem of paîs) child + -ic
Related formsor·tho·pe·di·cal·ly, adverbnon·or·tho·pe·dic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for orthopaedic

Historical Examples of orthopaedic

  • And now we've got an admission for him to the Orthopaedic hospital.

    Elizabeth's Campaign

    Mrs. Humphrey Ward

  • The house in which we lived stood in a garden and was really an orthopaedic institution for girls.

    My Autobiography

    F. Max Mller

British Dictionary definitions for orthopaedic


US orthopedic


of or relating to orthopaedics
designed to help correct or ameliorate the discomfort of disorders of the spine and jointsorthopaedic mattresses
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Word Origin and History for orthopaedic



1840, from French orthopédique, from orthopédie, coined by French physician Nicholas Andry (1658-1742), from Greek orthos "straight, correct" (see ortho-) + paideia "rearing of children," from pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-).

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