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



(especially US English orthopedics) noun
BrE BrE//ˌɔːθəˈpiːdɪks//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɔːrθəˈpiːdɪks//
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the branch of medicine concerned with injuries and diseases of the bones or muscles More Like This Uncountable nouns ending in –ics athletics, ballistics, civics, cybernetics, genetics, geophysics, gymnastics, linguistics, optics, orthodontics, orthopaedics, phonetics, phonics, physics, semantics, semiotics, stylistics, thermodynamicsSee worksheet. Word Originmid 19th cent. (originally relating specifically to children): from French orthopédie, from Greek orthos ‘right ’or‘ straight’ + paideia ‘rearing of children’.