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chiropractic

[kahy-ruh-prak-tik] /ˌkaɪ rəˈpræk tɪk/
noun
1.
a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the segments of the spinal column.
2.
a chiropractor.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism; chiro- + -practic < Greek praktikós; see practical
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British Dictionary definitions for chiro-practic

chiropractic

/ˌkaɪrəˈpræktɪk/
noun
1.
a system of treating bodily disorders by manipulation of the spine and other parts, based on the belief that the cause is the abnormal functioning of a nerve
Derived Forms
chiropractor, noun
Word Origin
C20: from chiro- + -practic, from Greek praktikos effective, practical
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Word Origin and History for chiro-practic

chiropractic

coined in American English, 1898 (adj.); 1899 (n.), from chiro- "hand" + praktikos "practical" (see practical), the whole of it loosely meant as "done by hand."

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chiro-practic in Medicine

chiropractic chi·ro·prac·tic (kī'rə-prāk'tĭk)
n.
A system of therapy that utilizes the recuperative powers of the body and the relationship between the musculoskeletal structures and the functions of the body, particularly of the spinal column and the nervous system, in the restoration and maintenance of health.


chi'ro·prac'tor n.
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chiro-practic in Culture
chiropractic [(keye-ruh-prak-tik)]

A system of treating disease and musculoskeletal disorders that involves manipulation of the backbone and other body parts. In chiropractic, disorders of the nerves are considered the cause of illness.

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