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physical medicine

Syllabification: phys·i·cal med·i·cine

Definition of physical medicine in English:

noun

1The branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease by physical means such as manipulation, heat, electricity, or radiation, rather than by medication or surgery.
Example sentences
  • They also teach two years of naturopathic therapeutics, such as nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine, counseling, and physical medicine.
  • Nuad Bo'Rarn, the traditional physical medicine of Thailand, is practiced very slowly, with an emphasis on both the practitioner and client being in a heightened or meditative state of consciousness.
2The branch of medicine that treats biomechanical disorders and injuries.
Example sentences
  • When I first started working at the Veteran's Hospital in 1971, the Veteran's Hospital had a pretty good physical medicine department, as did many other major hospitals.
  • After further medical training in physical medicine and rehabilitation he was appointed consultant at the Brook Green Hospital, London.
  • This includes staff members in mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, physical medicine, and clinics.

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