a system of diagnosis and treatment based on the theory that many diseases are associated with disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Diagnosis and treatment of these disorders involve palpation, manipulation, and massage. Osteopathy provides relief for many disorders of bones and joints, especially those producing back pain.
osteopath n.—osteopathic adj.

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  • osteopathy — os te*op a*thy, n. [Osteo + Gr. pa qos suffering.] (Med.) (a) Any disease of the bones. [R.] (b) A system of treatment based on the theory that diseases are chiefly due to deranged mechanism of the bones, nerves, blood vessels, and other tissues …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • osteopathy — 1857, disease of the bones, from Gk. osteon bone (see OSSEOUS (Cf. osseous)) + pathy, from Gk. patheia, comb. form of pathos suffering, disease, feeling (see PATHOS (Cf. pathos)). As a system of treating ailments by the manipulation of bones, it… …   Etymology dictionary

  • osteopathy — ► NOUN ▪ a system of complementary medicine involving the manipulation of the skeleton and musculature. DERIVATIVES osteopath noun osteopathic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • osteopathy — ☆ osteopathy [äs΄tē äp′ə thē ] n. [ModL: see OSTEO & PATHY] a school of medicine and surgery employing various methods of diagnosis and treatment, but placing special emphasis on the interrelationship of the musculo skeletal system to all other… …   English World dictionary

  • Osteopathy — See also: Osteopathic manipulative medicine Alternative medical systems Acupuncture · Anthroposophic medicine · …   Wikipedia

  • osteopathy — osteopathic /os tee euh path ik/, adj. osteopathically, adv. /os tee op euh thee/, n. a therapeutic system originally based upon the premise that manipulation of the muscles and bones to promote structural integrity could restore or preserve… …   Universalium

  • Osteopathy — A system of therapy founded in the 19th century based on the concept that the body can formulate its own remedies against diseases when the body is in a normal structural relationship, has a normal environment and enjoys good nutrition. While… …   Medical dictionary

  • osteopathy — /ostiyopaWy/ A system of complete medical practice based on the maintenance of proper relationships among the various parts of the body. Osteopathic physicians, licensed in all 50 states, employ manipulative therapy, drugs, surgery, x ray, and… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Osteopathy (disambiguation) — Osteopathy may refer to: * Osteopathy: a medical practice, applied by physician or non physician osteopathic practitioners outside the United States. * Osteopathic medicine in the United States: a mainstream medical practice, as applied by… …   Wikipedia

  • osteopathy — noun Etymology: New Latin osteopathia, from oste + Latin pathia pathy Date: 1899 a system of medical practice based on a theory that diseases are due chiefly to loss of structural integrity which can be restored by manipulation of the parts… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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