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How is "osteopathy" pronounced?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Nanook, Jul 28, 2000.

  1. Nanook

    Nanook Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 1999
    Fairbanks, AK USA
    Allright, this is an incredibly stupid question, but I'm really curious. I had always thought that it was pronounced the "obvious" way, that is:

    AH-stee-oh--path-ee (accent on first syllable, notice pronunciation of "path" in the word)

    But on the KCOM tour video (which you can watch online at, they have a gentleman who, during an interview, repeatedly pronounced it as:


    (different emphasis, and slightly different pronounciation)

    I'd hate to get to interviews and say it the wrong way! Anyone in DO school right now should be able to clear this up.
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  3. SD

    SD Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 1999
    Hey. I believe both are widely accepted. The one pronunciation with the accent on the 3rd syllable is an older version.. I don't believe it really matters; unless, you interview at NOVA. Make sure you use the 3rd accent one in your interview. And in case you forget, Dr. Terry will keep reminding you. LOL. [​IMG]

    UHS Class of 2004
  4. Dr JPH

    Dr JPH Banned Banned 10+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2000
    I have heard the second pronunciation used more.

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    University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (2002)
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  5. Hskermdic

    Hskermdic Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 17, 1998
    I was reading your post and for the fun of it decided to look up the pronunciation of osteopathy in Dorland's Medical Dictionary.

    Here is what he had to say:

    When I first moved to Kirsville and was trying to talk to people about where things were at I quickly learned not to use the oseo-pathy pronunciation. Everyone was very quick to correct me, and I mean the locals not the people at the medical school. I think the pronunciation does matter, at least around here.

    KCOM '03

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