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orthopedics

or or·tho·pae·dics

[ awr-thuh-pee-diks ]
/ ˌɔr θəˈpi dɪks /
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noun
(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

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Medical definitions for orthopedics

orthopedics

n.
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.

Other words from orthopedics

or′tho•pedic adj.
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Scientific definitions for orthopedics

orthopedics
[ 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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Cultural definitions for orthopedics

orthopedics
[ (awr-thuh-pee-diks) ]

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

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