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osteopathy

[os-tee-op-uh-thee]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of osteopathy

First recorded in 1855–60; osteo- + -pathy
Related formsos·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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Examples from the Web for osteopathy

Historical Examples

  • Like massage, osteopathy, or medicine, it should follow careful diagnosis.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • There was Plasmon, that "panacea for all human ills which osteopathy could not reach."

  • Several books have been compiled, called "Principles of Osteopathy."

  • I write this article on blood for the student of Osteopathy.

  • In 1908 the School of Osteopathy had 18 instructors and 398 students.


British Dictionary definitions for osteopathy

osteopathy

noun
  1. a system of healing based on the manipulation of bones or other parts of the body
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Derived Formsosteopathic (ˌɒstɪəˈpæθɪk), adjectiveosteopathically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for osteopathy

n.

1857, "disease of the bones," from Greek osteon "bone" (see osseous) + -pathy, from Greek -patheia, comb. form of pathos "suffering, disease, feeling" (see pathos). As a system of treating ailments by the manipulation of bones, it dates from 1889.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

osteopathy in Medicine

osteopathy

(ŏs′tē-ŏpə-thē)
n.
  1. 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
  2. A disease of a bone.osteopathia
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Related formsos′te•o•pathic (-ə-păthĭk) adj.
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osteopathy in Science

osteopathy

[ŏs′tē-ŏpə-thē]
  1. 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.
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Related formsosteopathic adjective (ŏs′tē-ə-păthĭk)
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osteopathy in Culture

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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