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.
a chiropractor.

1895–1900, Americanism; chiro- + -practic < Greek praktikós; see practical Unabridged
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chiropractic (ˌkaɪrəˈpræktɪk)
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
[C20: from chiro- + -practic, from Greek praktikos effective, practical]

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coined in Amer.Eng. 1898, from chiro- "hand" + praktikos "practical."
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chiropractic chi·ro·prac·tic (kī'rə-prāk'tĭk)
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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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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Example sentences
If the right pressure could be applied to him he would be cheerfully in favor
  of chiropractic, astrology or cannibalism.
While realignments may bring immediate relief in chiropractic, they do little
  for investors.
All you had to do was attend a college of chiropractic medicine and you got out
  of it.
She sought chiropractic treatments for a neck injury and helped nurse a priest
  dying of cancer.
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