One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A brace, splint, or other artificial external device serving to support the limbs or spine or to prevent or assist relative movement.
- ‘Although occupational therapy provides a means of educating patients and social support, there are few evaluations of specific interventions such as the provision of walking aids, orthoses, and splints in controlled studies.’
- ‘In the orthosis group, nearly all patients reported using their orthosis for about 5.5 hours each day for six days of the week.’
- ‘There is widespread use of several semirigid orthoses made of cloth or plastic to prevent ankle sprains.’
- ‘Most patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis who require treatment with a brace may use a thoracolumbar-sacral orthosis or a cervicothoracolumbar-sacral orthosis.’
- ‘It can be treated conservatively with an orthosis (support for the foot), rest and physiotherapy.’
1950s: from Greek orthōsis ‘making straight’, from orthoun ‘set straight’.
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