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Glossary of Terms

 

ABC Certified Orthotist or Prosthetist

An allied health professional who has completed the necessary educational requirements and passed the examination prescribed by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, Inc. (ABC).

 

Alloplastics

also Anaplastics, the discipline of restoring the body through life-like, realistic means.

 

Alloplastologist

also Anaplastologist, one who practices in Alloplastology.

 

Alloplastology

also Anaplastology, the art and science of restoring the body through life-like, realistic means.

 

CO

Certified Orthotist

 

CP

Certified Prosthetist

 

CPO

Certified Prosthetist and Orthotist

 

Orthoses

The plural of orthosis.

 

Orthosis

A customized appliance used to help straighten or help prevent a deformity.

 

Orthotics

The professional practice of providing orthopedic appliances or braces.

 

Orthotist

A professional health practitioner who provides orthotic services.

 

Pedorthic

The design, manufacture modification and fit of shoes and foot orthoses to alleviate problems caused by disease, congenital condition, overuse or injury.

 

Prostheses

The plural of prosthesis.

 

Prosthesis

A custom-designed artificial limb or body part.

 

Prosthetics

The professional practice of providing artificial limbs.

 

Prosthetist

A professional health practitioner who designs, creates and fits artificial limbs or body parts.

 

Prosthosis

A custom hybrid designed prosthetic incorporating a hinged portion of an orthotic device.