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orthopaedics Line breaks: ortho|paed¦ics
Pronunciation: /ˌɔːθəˈpiːdɪks/
(US orthopedics)

Definition of orthopaedics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles.
Example sentences
  • His professional interests were in metastatic paraplegia and paediatric orthopaedics.
  • After a firm grounding in orthopaedics he entered general practice.
  • Most of the work will be in orthopaedics and ophthalmology - specialties with the longest waiting lists.


Mid 19th century (originally relating specifically to children): from French orthopédie, from Greek orthos 'right or straight' + paideia 'rearing of children'.



Example sentences
  • The go to hospital, they have their fracture treated by an orthopaedic surgeon.
  • He would, he said, arrange for my husband to see the orthopaedic specialist at the hospital.
  • She has previously worked at Mayo in the areas of orthopedic oncology and pediatric radiology.


Example sentences
  • Several factors were in favour of using a comparison group of orthopaedically injured children.
  • Irony… she's an occupational therapist for severely orthopedically impaired schoolchildren.
  • Far from providing a little downy nest on which to rest your head, they force the head sharply forward into an orthopaedically challenging position.


Pronunciation: /ˌɔːθəˈpiːdɪst/
Example sentences
  • After referral to a pediatric orthopedist, she was diagnosed with idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis.
  • If the examination is positive, referral to an orthopedist may be a better strategy than MRI because of the latter's relatively low specificity.
  • I believe this problem, however, is greatly overdiagnosed by sports orthopedists, who are used to treating inflexible football players rather than flexible swimmers.

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