physical medicine


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.

Origin of physical medicine

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called physiatrics, physiatry.
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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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Medicine definitions for physical medicine

physical medicine


n.

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 the aid of mechanical devices and with the application of heat, cold, electricity, radiation, or water.physiatrics physiatry
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Science 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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