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[os-tee-op-uh-thee] /ˌɒs tiˈɒp ə θi/

a therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve health: current osteopathic physicians use the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques of conventional medicine as well as manipulative measures.
a system of healing based on the manipulation of bones or other parts of the body

1857, “disease of the bones,” from Greek osteon “bone” (see osseous) + -pathy, from Greek -patheia, comb. form of pathos “suffering, disease, feeling” (see pathos). As a system of treating ailments by the manipulation of bones, it dates from 1889.

osteopathy os·te·op·a·thy (ŏs’tē-ŏp’ə-thē)

os’te·o·path’ic (-ə-pāth’ĭk) adj.
A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system can cause disorders in other bodily parts and can be corrected by various manipulative techniques. These are used in conjunction with conventional medical and surgical treatments.

osteopathic adjective (ŏs’tē-ə-pāth’ĭk)
osteopathy [(os-tee-op-uh-thee)]

A system of medicine that stresses healing through the manipulation of body parts while also using many standard medical practices, such as surgery or drugs.


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