osteopathy

[os-tee-op-uh-thee]
noun
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:
1855–60; osteo- + -pathy

osteopathic [os-tee-uh-path-ik] , adjective
osteopathically, adverb
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osteopathy (ˌɒstɪˈɒpəθɪ)
 
n
a system of healing based on the manipulation of bones or other parts of the body
 
osteopathic
 
adj
 
osteo'pathically
 
adv

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osteopathy
1857, "disease of the bones," from Gk. osteon "bone" (see osseous) + -pathy, from Gk. -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 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   (ŏs'tē-ŏp'ə-thē)  Pronunciation Key 
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 [(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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Example sentences
Not long ago, osteopathic physicians were felt to be on the fringe.
He's going to be an osteopathic physician with a specialty in pediatrics.
Chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation may also help some patients.
Chiropractors typically perform spinal manipulations, but so do osteopathic doctors.
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