orthotics

[awr-thot-iks]

noun

(used with a singular verb) a branch of medicine dealing with the making and fitting of orthotic devices.

Origin of orthotics

First recorded in 1960–65; see origin at orthotic, -ics
Related formsor·thot·ist [awr-thot-ist, awr-thuh-tist] /ɔrˈθɒt ɪst, ˈɔr θə tɪst/, noun

orthotic

[awr-thot-ik]

noun

Also orthosis. a device or support, especially for the foot, used to relieve or correct an orthopedic problem.

adjective

of or relating to orthotics.

Origin of orthotic

1960–65; adj. derivative of orthosis (on the model of psychosis: plychotic, etc.); see -tic
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British Dictionary definitions for orthotics

orthotics

noun

(functioning as singular) the provision and use of artificial or mechanical aids, such as braces, to prevent or assist movement of weak or injured joints or muscles
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Medicine definitions for orthotics

orthotics

[ôr-thŏtĭks]

n.

The science that deals with the use of specialized mechanical devices to support or to supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs.orthetics

orthotic

[ôr-thŏtĭk]

adj.

Of or relating to orthotics.

n.

An orthopedic appliance designed to straighten or support a body part.
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