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or or·tho·pae·dics

  1. (used with a singular verb) the medical specialty concerned with correction of deformities or functional impairments of the skeletal system, especially the extremities and the spine, and associated structures, as muscles and ligaments.
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Origin of orthopedics

First recorded in 1850–55; see origin at orthopedic, -ics
Related formsor·tho·pe·dist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orthopaedics


US orthopedics

noun (functioning as singular)
  1. the branch of surgery concerned with disorders of the spine and joints and the repair of deformities of these parts
  2. dental orthopaedics another name for orthodontics
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Derived Formsorthopaedist or US orthopedist, noun
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Word Origin and History for orthopaedics


chiefly British English spelling of orthopedics; for spelling, see pedo-. Related: Orthopaedic.

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1853, from orthopedic. Also see -ics.

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orthopaedics in Medicine


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention and correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments, often by surgery.
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Related formsor′tho•pedic adj.
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orthopaedics in Science


  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of disorders or injuries of the bones, joints, and associated muscles.
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orthopaedics in Culture



The branch of medicine devoted to the study and care of the muscular and skeletal systems.

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