Definition of orthopedics in US English:


(British orthopaedics)

plural noun

  • treated as singular The branch of medicine dealing with the correction of deformities of bones or muscles.

    • ‘His professional interests were in metastatic paraplegia and paediatric orthopaedics.’
    • ‘Eileen graduated from the Hospital for Special Surgery with a license in practical nursing, specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine.’
    • ‘Outpatient clinics include a range of services including general surgery, urology, trauma and orthopaedics, neurology general medicine with diabetes, antenatal, family planning, and paediatric speech therapy, to name a few.’
    • ‘The most widely used specialty applications are mental health, dermatology, cardiology, orthopedics, and emergency room/triage services.’
    • ‘The Western Isles Hospital opened in 1992, is served by 13 consultants and has facilities for general surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and anaesthetics.’
    • ‘Most of the work will be in orthopaedics and ophthalmology - specialties with the longest waiting lists.’
    • ‘Some physical therapists have additional training and education in certain specialties, such as pediatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, or rehabilitation.’
    • ‘In obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedics, and general surgery over three quarters of advertised middle grade posts had no provision for training.’
    • ‘Treatment is carried out in most departments, including orthopaedics, paediatrics, outpatients (day patients), women's health and mental health.’
    • ‘We searched all reference lists and review articles for additional works, and we contacted our regional specialists in anaesthesia, intensive care medicine, radiology, orthopaedics, and neurosurgery.’
    • ‘Half of all physician assistants work in primary care; others work in emergency care, surgery, orthopaedics, and other specialties.’
    • ‘Robotics are used in orthopaedics and cardiology.’
    • ‘Her qualifications from a Finnish college included theatre experience in orthopaedics, trauma orthopaedics, vascular and general surgery and a course in midwifery.’
    • ‘This generated what is called a ‘trauma call’ - the relevant hospital specialists from orthopaedics, surgery and anaesthetics were called to the department to await the arrival of the ambulance.’
    • ‘Clinics such as orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology and gastroenterology are dependent on the diagnostic and treatment centre.’
    • ‘Physical therapists often specialize in sports medicine and orthopedics.’
    • ‘After a firm grounding in orthopaedics he entered general practice.’
    • ‘For more than 20 years, he conducted research and taught surgery and orthopaedics at the Medical College at Louisiana State University.’
    • ‘Reports on wrong site surgery include procedures in neurosurgery, urology, orthopedics, and vascular surgery.’
    • ‘He managed all the trochanteric femoral neck fractures in the unit for almost 20 years and also had special interests in children's orthopaedics, shoulder surgery, and bone tumours.’


Mid 19th century (originally relating specifically to children): from French orthopédie, from Greek orthos ‘right or straight’ + paideia ‘rearing of children’.