plural noun[treated as singular]
The branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles.
Originally relating specifically to children
- 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.
- 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.
Mid 19th century: from French orthopédie, from Greek orthos 'right or straight' + paideia 'rearing of children'.
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