Definition of orthopedics in English:


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plural noun

(British orthopaedics)
treated as singular
  • The branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles.

    ‘His professional interests were in metastatic paraplegia and paediatric orthopaedics.’
    • ‘After a firm grounding in orthopaedics he entered general practice.’
    • ‘Most of the work will be in orthopaedics and ophthalmology - specialties with the longest waiting lists.’
    • ‘Reports on wrong site surgery include procedures in neurosurgery, urology, orthopedics, and vascular surgery.’
    • ‘Physical therapists often specialize in sports medicine and orthopedics.’
    • ‘Clinics such as orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology and gastroenterology are dependent on the diagnostic and treatment centre.’
    • ‘Robotics are used in orthopaedics and cardiology.’
    • ‘Eileen graduated from the Hospital for Special Surgery with a license in practical nursing, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine.’
    • ‘For more than 20 years, he conducted research and taught surgery and orthopaedics at the Medical College at Louisiana State University.’
    • ‘In obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, and general surgery over three quarters of advertised middle grade posts had no provision for training.’
    • ‘The most widely used specialty applications are mental health, dermatology, cardiology, orthopedics, and emergency room/triage services.’
    • ‘Her qualifications from a Finnish college included theatre experience in orthopaedics, trauma orthopaedics, vascular and general surgery and a course in midwifery.’
    • ‘Some physical therapists have additional training and education in certain specialties, such as pediatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, or rehabilitation.’
    • ‘He managed all the trochanteric femoral neck fractures in the unit for almost 20 years and also had special interests in children's orthopaedics, shoulder surgery, and bone tumours.’
    • ‘Half of all physician assistants work in primary care; others work in emergency care, surgery, orthopaedics, and other specialties.’
    • ‘Treatment is carried out in most departments, including orthopaedics, paediatrics, outpatients (day patients), women's health and mental health.’
    • ‘The Western Isles Hospital opened in 1992, is served by 13 consultants and has facilities for general surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and anaesthetics.’
    • ‘We searched all reference lists and review articles for additional works, and we contacted our regional specialists in anaesthesia, intensive care medicine, radiology, orthopaedics, and neurosurgery.’
    • ‘This generated what is called a ‘trauma call’ - the relevant hospital specialists from orthopaedics, surgery and anaesthetics were called to the department to await the arrival of the ambulance.’
    • ‘Outpatient clinics include a range of services including general surgery, urology, trauma and orthopaedics, neurology general medicine with diabetes, antenatal, family planning, and paediatric speech therapy, to name a few.’



/ˌôrTHəˈpēdiks/ /ˌɔrθəˈpidɪks/


Mid 19th century (originally relating specifically to children): from French orthopédie, from Greek orthos ‘right or straight’ + paideia ‘rearing of children’.