or or·tho·pae·dic

[ awr-thuh-pee-dik ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈpi dɪk /


of or relating to orthopedics.

Nearby words

  1. orthomorphic projection,
  2. orthomyxoviridae,
  3. orthonormal,
  4. orthopaedic,
  5. orthopaedics,
  6. orthopedics,
  7. orthopedist,
  8. orthopercussion,
  9. orthophoria,
  10. orthophosphate

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

  • 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

/ (ˌɔːθəʊˈpiːdɪk) /


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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