osteopathy

[ os-tee-op-uh-thee ]
/ ˌɒs tiˈɒp ə θi /
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noun

a therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve health: current osteopathic physicians use the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of conventional medicine as well as manipulative measures.

Origin of osteopathy

First recorded in 1855–60; osteo- + -pathy

Related forms

os·te·o·path·ic [os-tee-uh-path-ik] /ˌɒs ti əˈpæθ ɪk/, adjectiveos·te·o·path·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for osteopathy

osteopathy

/ (ˌɒstɪˈɒpəθɪ) /

noun

a system of healing based on the manipulation of bones or other parts of the body

Derived Forms

osteopathic (ˌɒstɪəˈpæθɪk), adjectiveosteopathically, adverb
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Medicine definitions for osteopathy

osteopathy

[ ŏs′tē-ŏpə-thē ]

n.

A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts and cause many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques used in conjunction with conventional therapeutic procedures.osteopathic medicine
A disease of a bone.osteopathia

Related forms

os′te•o•pathic (-ə-păthĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for osteopathy

osteopathy

[ ŏs′tē-ŏpə-thē ]

A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system can cause disorders in other bodily parts and can be corrected by various manipulative techniques. These are used in conjunction with conventional medical and surgical treatments.

Related forms

osteopathic adjective (ŏs′tē-ə-păthĭk)
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Culture definitions for osteopathy

osteopathy

[ (os-tee-op-uh-thee) ]

A system of medicine that stresses healing through the manipulation of body parts while also using many standard medical practices, such as surgery or drugs.


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