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osteopathy

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

Also called os·te·o·path·ic med·i·cine . a medical discipline with an emphasis on the health and drug-free treatment of the musculoskeletal system and on the diagnostic significance of patient lifestyle and environment: She’s been studying osteopathy at Campbell University.
the system of therapeutic manipulation techniques involved in the practice of this discipline: After 20 minutes of osteopathy, I was feeling more optimistic about my rehabilitation.

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See also osteopath.

Origin of osteopathy

First recorded in 1855–60; osteo- + -pathy
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
osteopathic (ˌɒstɪəˈpæθɪk), adjectiveosteopathically, adverb
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Medical 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
os′te•o•pathic (-ə-păthĭk) adj.
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Scientific 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.
osteopathic adjective (ŏs′tē-ə-păthĭk)
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Cultural 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.

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.
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