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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: os'te-op'a-the


  1. Any disease of bone.
  2. A school of medicine based on a concept of the normal body as a vital machine capable, when in correct adjustment, of making its own remedies against infections and other toxic conditions; practitioners use the diagnostic and therapeutic measures of conventional medicine in addition to manipulative measures.

Synonym(s): osteopathia

[osteo- + G. pathos, suffering]

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