[ awr-thuh-pee-diks ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈpi dɪks /
(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.
Related formsor·tho·pe·dist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for orthopaedics
/ (ˌɔːθəʊˈpiːdɪks) /
noun (functioning as singular)
the branch of surgery concerned with disorders of the spine and joints and the repair of deformities of these parts
dental orthopaedics another name for orthodontics
Derived Formsorthopaedist or US orthopedist, noun
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Word Origin and History for orthopaedics (1 of 2)
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Medicine definitions for orthopaedics
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.
Related formsor′tho•pe′dic adj.
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Science definitions for orthopaedics
[ ôr′thə-pē′dĭks ]
The branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of disorders or injuries of the bones, joints, and associated muscles.
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Culture definitions for orthopaedics
[ (awr-thuh-pee-diks) ]
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