Chapter 8: Spelling Words

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arthritis

inflammation of a joint or joints

arthrodesis

binding or fusing of joint surfaces

arthroscopy

a minimally invasive operation to repair a damaged joint

arthralgia

pain in a joint or joints

cartilage

tough elastic tissue

chiropractor

a therapist who practices chiropractic

epiphysis

the end of a long bone

kyphosis

an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column

lumbar

of or relating to or near the part of the back between the ribs and the hipbones

meniscus

a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a point

orthopedics

the branch of medical science concerned with disorders or deformities of the spine and joints

osteomyelitis

an inflammation of bone and bone marrow (usually caused by bacterial infection)

osteoporosis

abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium

periosteum

a dense fibrous membrane covering the surface of bones (except at their extremities) and serving as an attachment for tendons and muscles

prosthesis

corrective consisting of a replacement for a part of the body

rheumatoid

of or pertaining to arthritis

scoliosis

an abnormal lateral curve to the vertebral column

symphysis

a growing together of parts or structures

synovial

relating to or secreting synovia

thoracic

of or relating to the chest or thorax

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