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Definition of Osteopath

Osteopath: An osteopathic physician; a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO). In most US states, osteopaths complete a course of study equivalent to that of an MD and are licensed to practice medicine. They may prescribe medication and perform surgery, and they often use techniques similar to those used in chiropractic and physical therapy.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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