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orthotics

[awr-thot-iks] /ɔrˈθɒt ɪks/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) a branch of medicine dealing with the making and fitting of orthotic devices.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; see orthotic, -ics
Related forms
orthotist
[awr-thot-ist, awr-thuh-tist] /ɔrˈθɒt ɪst, ˈɔr θə tɪst/ (Show IPA),
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orthotic

[awr-thot-ik] /ɔrˈθɒt ɪk/
noun
1.
Also, orthosis. a device or support, especially for the foot, used to relieve or correct an orthopedic problem.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to orthotics.
Origin
1960-65; adj. derivative of orthosis (on the model of psychosis: plychotic, etc.); see -tic
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Examples from the web for orthotics
  • In some cases, orthotics may be needed to control arch and heel and balance the forefoot.
  • Consider insoles or orthotics with arch support for problem feet.
  • Subjects will walk with and without their orthotics.
British Dictionary definitions for orthotics

orthotics

/ɔːˈθɒtɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the provision and use of artificial or mechanical aids, such as braces, to prevent or assist movement of weak or injured joints or muscles
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orthotics in Medicine

orthotic or·thot·ic (ôr-thŏt'ĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to orthotics. n.
An orthopedic appliance designed to straighten or support a body part.

orthotics or·thot·ics (ôr-thŏt'ĭks)
n.
The science that deals with the use of specialized mechanical devices to support or to supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs. Also called orthetics.

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