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osteopathy

[os-tee-op-uh-thee] /ˌɒs tiˈɒp ə θi/
noun
1.
a therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve health: current osteopathic physicians use the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of conventional medicine as well as manipulative measures.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; osteo- + -pathy
Related forms
osteopathic
[os-tee-uh-path-ik] /ˌɒs ti əˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
osteopathically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for osteopathy

osteopathy

/ˌɒstɪˈɒpəθɪ/
noun
1.
a system of healing based on the manipulation of bones or other parts of the body
Derived Forms
osteopathic (ˌɒstɪəˈpæθɪk) adjective
osteopathically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for osteopathy
n.

1857, "disease of the bones," from Greek osteon "bone" (see osseous) + -pathy, from Greek -patheia, comb. form of pathos "suffering, disease, feeling" (see pathos). As a system of treating ailments by the manipulation of bones, it dates from 1889.

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osteopathy in Medicine

osteopathy os·te·op·a·thy (ŏs'tē-ŏp'ə-thē)
n.

  1. A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts and cause many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques used in conjunction with conventional therapeutic procedures. Also called osteopathic medicine.

  2. A disease of a bone. Also called osteopathia.


os'te·o·path'ic (-ə-pāth'ĭk) adj.
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osteopathy in Science
osteopathy
  (ŏs'tē-ŏp'ə-thē)   
A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system can cause disorders in other bodily parts and can be corrected by various manipulative techniques. These are used in conjunction with conventional medical and surgical treatments.

osteopathic adjective (ŏs'tē-ə-pāth'ĭk)
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osteopathy in Culture
osteopathy [(os-tee-op-uh-thee)]

A system of medicine that stresses healing through the manipulation of body parts while also using many standard medical practices, such as surgery or drugs.

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