from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A system of therapy in which disease is considered the result of abnormal function of the nervous system. The method of treatment usually involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A system of health care involving manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures, for the purpose of alleviating neural dysfunction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a method of medical treatment that manipulates body structures, especially the spine, in the belief that it restores proper nerve functioning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a method of treatment that manipulates body structures (especially the spine) to relieve low back pain or even headache or high blood pressure
chiro- + Greek prāktikos, practical; see practical.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From chiro- meaning “hand” from Ancient Greek χείρ (kheir, "hand") + πρακτικός (praktikos, "concerned with action"). (Wiktionary)