Definition of orthopedics in English:

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orthopedics

Pronunciation: /ˌôrTHəˈpēdiks/
(British orthopaedics)

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles.
Originally relating specifically to children
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.

Derivatives

orthopedist

Pronunciation: /ˌôrTHəˈpēdist/
noun
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.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French orthopédie, from Greek orthos 'right or straight' + paideia 'rearing of children'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: or·tho·pe·dics

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