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.

Origin of orthopedics

First recorded in 1850–55; see origin at orthopedic, -ics
Related formsor·tho·pe·dist, noun
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Word Origin and History for orthopedics

orthopedics


n.

1853, from orthopedic. Also see -ics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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.
Related formsor′tho•pedic adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Science 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Culture definitions for orthopedics

orthopedics

[ (awr-thuh-pee-diks) ]

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.