- The definition of osteopath is a non-physician health care provider who uses touch to feel the motion, structure and texture of a patient's skeleton and muscles.
An example of osteopath is a European-trained physical therapist who touches a person's muscles to detect reasons for movement problems.
- In the U.S., the training and terms are different than in other countries. Osteopathic physicians are trained in medical school and receive the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree which is a full physician certification.
The doctor is also trained in osteopathic medicine.
- A licensed physician trained in a school of osteopathic medicine; an osteopathic physician.
- A skilled practitioner of osteopathic manual techniques who is not a physician.
osteopath - Medical Definition
also osteopathist (ŏs′tē-ŏpə-thĭst)
- In the United Kingdom and some other countries, a skilled practitioner of osteopathic manual techniques who is not a physician.
- A licensed physician trained in a school of osteopathic medicine. Not in technical use in the United States: unlike the therapeutic professionals called osteopaths in other countries, practitioners of osteopathic medicine in the US are licensed physicians, and the term is preferred.