- (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.
Origin of orthopedics
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- 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
Word Origin and History for orthopaedics
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- 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.
- The branch of medicine that deals with the treatment of disorders or injuries of the bones, joints, and associated muscles.
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