Definition of chiropractic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkīrəˌpraktik/


A system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.
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  • Finding appropriate placebos or shams for treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, or complex herbal mixtures is challenging.
  • Other useful complementary treatments include acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga and hypnosis.
  • Physical modalities, including yoga, massage, biofeedback, acupuncture, and chiropractic can also be of help.


Late 19th century: from chiro- 'hand' + Greek praktikos 'practical', from prattein 'do'.

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Syllabification: chi·ro·prac·tic

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