Orthopaedics
The branch of surgery broadly concerned with the skeletal system (bones). This particular term is commonly misspelled. Orthopedics is how this field of surgery is listed under Physicians & Surgeons in the telephone Yellow Pages in Jacksonville, Florida. This spelling is quite common today. But it is actually incorrect, erroneous, flat out wrong. Orthopedics would relate the term to the foot because in Latin pedis means foot. Orthopaedics is not merely old-fashioned. It is the correct spelling. What was meant by the term orthopaedics when it was composed goes back to its roots: ortho-, straight + the Greek paes, child = the practice, literally, of straightening the child. If the child had a crooked spine (scoliosis), it was the job of the orthopaedist to straighten the child, not just the child's foot. That is why there is no American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery but there is an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery! (And that is also why orthopaedists look after broken bones).
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SYN: orthopedics. [ortho- + G. pais (paid-), child]

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n.
the science or practice of correcting deformities caused by disease of or damage to the bones and joints of the skeleton. This specialized branch of surgery may involve operation, manipulation, traction, orthosis, or prosthesis.
orthopaedic adj.

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or·tho·pae·dics (or″tho-peґdiks) orthopedics.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • orthopaedics — British English spelling of ORTHOPEDICS (Cf. orthopedics); for spelling, see PEDO (Cf. pedo ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • orthopaedics — (US orthopedics) ► PLURAL NOUN (treated as sing. ) ▪ the branch of medicine concerned with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles. DERIVATIVES orthopaedic adjective orthopaedist noun. ORIGIN from Greek paideia rearing of children …   English terms dictionary

  • orthopaedics — orthopaedic orthopaedic, orthopaedics orthopaedics See {otrthopedic} and {orthopedics}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • orthopaedics — noun plural but singular or plural in construction see orthopedics …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • orthopaedics — noun alternative spelling of orthopedics …   Wiktionary

  • orthopaedics — n. branch of medicine dealing with diseases of the bones and joints,or·tho pae·dics || ‚ɔrθə pɪːdɪks /‚ɔː …   English contemporary dictionary

  • orthopaedics — [ˌɔ:θə pi:dɪks] (US orthopedics) plural noun [treated as sing.] the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disorders and injuries of bones or muscles. Derivatives orthopaedic adjective orthopaedically adverb orthopaedist noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • orthopaedics — noun (U) the area of medical science or treatment that deals with problems, diseases, or injuries of bones, muscles etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • orthopaedics — or·tho·pae·dics …   English syllables

  • orthopaedics — n. the science or practice of correcting deformities caused by disease of or damage to the bones and joints of the skeleton. This specialized branch of surgery may involve operation, manipulation, traction, orthoses, or prostheses. Derivatives:… …   The new mediacal dictionary

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