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orthosis Syllabification: or·tho·sis
Pronunciation: /ôrˈTHōsəs/

Definition of orthosis in English:

noun (plural orthoses-ˌsēz)

1The correction of disorders of the limbs or spine by use of braces and other devices to correct alignment or provide support.
1.1A brace or other such device; orthotic.
Example sentences
  • There is widespread use of several semirigid orthoses made of cloth or plastic to prevent ankle sprains.
  • In the orthosis group, nearly all patients reported using their orthosis for about 5.5 hours each day for six days of the week.
  • It can be treated conservatively with an orthosis (support for the foot), rest and physiotherapy.


1950s: from Greek orthōsis 'making straight', from orthoun 'set straight'.

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