orthopaedicsmedical dictionary

Literally, the practice of child straightening, orthopaedics is the branch of surgery broadly concerned with the skeletal system (bones).

The medical specialty concerned with the preservation, restoration, and development of form and function of the musculoskeletal system, extremities, spine, and associated structures by medical, surgical, and physical methods.

Origin: ortho-+ G. Pais (paid-), child

American spelling: orthopedips

(05 Mar 2000)