Orthopaedist
An orthopaedic surgeon, a doctor who corrects congenital or functional abnormalities of the bones with surgery, casting, and bracing. Orthopaedists also treat injuries to the bones. Sometimes spelled orthopedist.The spelling of "orthopedist" with an "e" is quite common today but it is incorrect because it relates the term to the foot since in Latin "pedis" is the foot. "Orthopaedist" with an "ae" is the correct spelling. What was meant by the term "orthopaedics" when it was devised goes back to its roots: "ortho-", straight + the Greek "paes", child = straightening the child. If a child had a crooked spine (scoliosis), it was the job of the orthopaedist to straighten the child, not just the child's foot.

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  • orthopaedist — UK [ˌɔː(r)θəˈpiːdɪst] / US [ˌɔrθəˈpɪdɪst] noun [countable] Word forms orthopaedist : singular orthopaedist plural orthopaedists medical a doctor whose job is to treat orthopaedic injuries or diseases …   English dictionary

  • orthopaedist — noun a specialist in correcting deformities of the skeletal system (especially in children) • Syn: ↑orthopedist • Derivationally related forms: ↑orthopaedics, ↑orthopedics (for: ↑orthopedist) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • orthopaedist — 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… …   English terms dictionary

  • orthopaedist — n. one who treats diseases of the bones and joints,or·tho pae·dist || ‚ɔrθə pɪːdɪst /‚ɔː …   English contemporary dictionary

  • orthopaedist — noun (C) a doctor with special training in orthopedics …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • orthopaedist — or·tho·pae·dist …   English syllables

  • orthopaedist — /ɔθəˈpidəst/ (say awthuh peeduhst) noun someone skilled in orthopaedics. Also, orthopedist. Usage: For spelling variation see ae1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • orthopaedist, orthopedist — One who practices orthopaedics …   Medical dictionary

  • Orthopaedic sports medicine — is a subspecialty of orthopaedic medicine and sports medicine. The word orthopaedic derives from “ortho” which is the Greek root for “straight” and “pais” which is the greet root for child. During the early history of orthopaedic medicine,… …   Wikipedia

  • orthopedist — noun a specialist in correcting deformities of the skeletal system (especially in children) • Syn: ↑orthopaedist • Derivationally related forms: ↑orthopaedics (for: ↑orthopaedist), ↑orthopedics • Hypernyms …   Useful english dictionary

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