[kahy-ruh-prak-tik] /ˌkaɪ rəˈpræk tɪk/

a therapeutic system based primarily upon the interactions of the spine and nervous system, the method of treatment usually being to adjust the segments of the spinal column.
a chiropractor.
a system of treating bodily disorders by manipulation of the spine and other parts, based on the belief that the cause is the abnormal functioning of a nerve

coined in American English, 1898 (adj.); 1899 (n.), from chiro- “hand” + praktikos “practical” (see practical), the whole of it loosely meant as “done by hand.”

chiropractic chi·ro·prac·tic (kī’rə-prāk’tĭk)
A system of therapy that utilizes the recuperative powers of the body and the relationship between the musculoskeletal structures and the functions of the body, particularly of the spinal column and the nervous system, in the restoration and maintenance of health.
chi’ro·prac’tor n.
chiropractic [(keye-ruh-prak-tik)]

A system of treating disease and musculoskeletal disorders that involves manipulation of the backbone and other body parts. In chiropractic, disorders of the nerves are considered the cause of illness.


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