Osteopath meaning

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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.

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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.

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A physician who practices osteopathy.
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A doctor who practices osteopathy.
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In the United Kingdom and some other countries, a skilled practitioner of osteopathic manual techniques who is not a physician.
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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 osteopathic physician is preferred.
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(alternative medicine) A non-physician healthcare practitioner who practices osteopathy by manipulating the skeleton and muscles. Not to be confused with Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) who are full physicians like Doctors of Medicine (M.D.)
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Origin of osteopath

  • osteo- +"Ž -path

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