- braces-orthopedic appliances
- Orthopedic appliances used to support, align, or hold parts of the body in correct position. (Dorland, 28th ed)
Definition from: MeSH via Unified Medical Language System at the National Library of Medicine
- 1) An appliance that gives support to movable parts (as a joint or a fractured bone), to weak muscles (as in paralysis), or to strained ligaments (as of the lower back).
2) Braces plural: an orthodontic appliance usually of metallic wire that is used especially to exert pressure to straighten misaligned teeth and that is not removable by the patient
Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary by Merriam-Webster Inc.
See also Understanding Medical Terminology.