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Definition of chiropractic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chiropractic

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌkaɪərəʊˈpræktɪk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkaɪəroʊˈpræktɪk//
 
[uncountable] Complementary medicine
 
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the medical profession which involves treating some diseases and physical problems by pressing and moving the bones in a person’s spine or joints; the work of a chiropractor See related entries: Complementary medicine Word Origin late 19th cent.: from chiro- ‘hand’ + Greek praktikos ‘practical’, from prattein ‘do’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chiropractic