chi·ro·prac·tic

ˈkīrəˌpraktik/

noun

noun: chiropractic

  1. a system of complementary medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of misalignments of the joints, especially those of the spinal column, which are held to cause other disorders by affecting the nerves, muscles, and organs.

Origin

late 19th century: from chiro- ‘hand’ + Greek praktikos ‘practical,’ from prattein ‘do.’

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