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or or·tho·pae·dics

[ 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.

Nearby words

orthomyxoviridae, orthonormal, orthopaedic, orthopaedics, orthopedic, orthopedics, orthopedist, orthopercussion, orthophoria, orthophosphate, orthophosphoric acid

Origin of orthopedics

First recorded in 1850–55; see origin at orthopedic, -ics
Related formsor·tho·pe·dist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for orthopaedics


US orthopedics

/ (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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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•pedic adj.
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Science definitions for orthopaedics


[ ôr′thə-pēdĭks ]

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) ]

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

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