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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