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noun
the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury by means of physical agents, as manipulation, massage, exercise, heat, or water.
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Also called physiatrics, physiatry.

Origin of physical medicine

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for physical medicine

physical medicine

noun
the branch of medicine devoted to the management of physical disabilities, as resulting from rheumatic disease, asthma, poliomyelitis, etcSee also rehabilitation (def. 2)
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Scientific definitions for physical medicine

physical medicine

The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disability by physical means such as manipulation, massage, and exercise, often with mechanical devices, and the application of heat, cold, electricity, radiation, and water.
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