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bonesetter Line breaks: bone|set¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊnˌsɛtə/

Definition of bonesetter in English:


A person, usually not formally qualified, who set broken or dislocated bones.
Example sentences
  • For the most part, bone-setters were illiterate or, at best, badly educated and lived in poor rural districts.
  • Natural bone-setters are not without ability; they have not practiced their arts for years and learned nothing.
  • A Turkish study reported that traditional bone-setters who are skilful in their job are very successful in their society.

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