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[awr-thuh-pee-dik] /ˌɔr θəˈpi dɪk/
of or relating to orthopedics.
Also, orthopaedic.
Origin of orthopedic
1830-40; ortho- + Greek paid- (stem of paîs) child + -ic
Related forms
orthopedically, adverb
nonorthopedic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Many orthopedic operations make for a more enjoyable life.
  • The procedure could be used in plastic, orthopedic and neural surgeries, he notes.
  • But this is not the only case of pig tissue being used in orthopedic surgery.
  • The orthopedic surgeon has told us numerous times that he needs to swim as therapy for his condition.
  • Military should have this basic orthopedic information.
  • Earlier this year he tore a ligament in his knee which required orthopedic surgery.
  • Next came the orthopedic cases: people who'd broken their limbs and necks after slipping on the ice.
  • Many orthopedic procedures can make life more enjoyable.
  • Its faster to slap out an antibiotic prescription or order an orthopedic insert that insurance will pay.
  • When a leading orthopedic surgeon offers to operate, her parents are apprehensive.
British Dictionary definitions for orthopedic


of or relating to orthopaedics
designed to help correct or ameliorate the discomfort of disorders of the spine and joints: orthopaedic mattresses
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Word Origin and History for orthopedic

1840, from French orthopédique, from orthopédie, coined by French physician Nicholas Andry (1658-1742), from Greek orthos "straight, correct" (see ortho-) + paideia "rearing of children," from pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-).

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