Orthosis


Orthosis

An orthosis (sometimes called an orthesis) is a device that is applied externally to a part of the body to correct deformity, improve function, or relieve symptoms of a disease by supporting or assisting the neuro-musculoskeletal system. The word is derived from "ortho", meaning "straight".

Orthoses are sometimes called orthotics, though this is technically the medical field concerned with the application and manufacture of orthoses.

ee also

* Orthopedic surgery
* Prosthesis
* Brace

External links

* [http://projetaos.free.fr Website of the Exoskelet Project : students develop a new orthesis]


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  • orthosis — noun (plural orthoses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek orthōsis straightening, from orthoun to straighten, from orthos Date: 1958 orthotic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • orthosis — /awr thoh sis/, n., pl. orthoses / seez/. 1. Med. the correction of orthopedic maladjustments. 2. an orthotic. [1955 60; < Gk órthosis a making straight, guidance, equiv. to ortho (var. s. of orthoûn to straighten, v. deriv. of orthós straight) + …   Universalium

  • orthosis — An external orthopaedic appliance, as a brace or splint, that prevents or assists movement of the spine or the limbs. [G. o., a making straight] ankle foot o. an o. beginning at the toes, crossing the ankle, and terminating on the calf. cervical… …   Medical dictionary

  • orthosis — [ɔ: θəʊsɪs] noun (plural orthoses si:z) Medicine a brace, splint, or other device that serves to support part of the body or correct deformity. Origin 1950s: from Gk orthōsis making straight , from orthoun set straight …   English new terms dictionary

  • orthosis — /ɔˈθoʊsəs/ (say aw thohsuhs) noun (plural orthoses /ɔˈθoʊsiz/ (say aw thohseez)) a device applied to the body to modify position or motion, as a supporting collar, plaster cast, etc. {Greek orthōsis a straightening} …   Australian English dictionary

  • orthosis — noun A type of brace which either prevents, or assists movement of a limb or the spine See Also: orthotics …   Wiktionary

  • orthosis — n. straightening, alignment; (Medicine) correction of orthopedic maladjustments; (Medicine) orthotic, brace or orthopedic apparatus used to support or correct weak muscles or joints or improving function of movable body parts; (Medicine)… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • orthosis — or·tho·sis …   English syllables

  • orthosis — n. a surgical appliance that exerts external forces on part of the body to support joints or correct deformity …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • orthosis —   n. correction of neurotic state …   Dictionary of difficult words


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