Glossary of Healthcare Terms

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Orthotists fit patients who have disabilities of the spine, limbs, or both with devices called ortheses.


Osseointegration is "the firm anchoring of a surgical implant (as in dentistry or in bone surgery) by the growth of bone around it without fibrous tissue formation at the interface."


A school of medicine that involves the assessment of overall health and environment, not just symptoms.

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT)

Use of the hands to diagnose illness and injury to encourage the body's natural tendency toward good health. Specifically, the manual manipulation of joints, muscles, and fasciae is used to mechanical disorders. Additionally, OMT be used in therapies related to circulation, venous draining, and the nervous system.

Osteopathic Medicine

"Holistic" medicine. Osteopathic physicians are doctors of osteopathy (D.O.s)


A “whole person” approach to medicine, whereby physicians examine the whole body under the philosophy that health systems, for example, the musculoskeletal system, assist the body’s natural ability to heal.


Data points included within the data set that appear to be significantly different than the other members.
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