Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2016
Feb. 13, 2017
Jun. 30, 2016
Document And Entity Information [Abstract]      
Entity Registrant Name OWENS & MINOR INC/VA/    
Entity Central Index Key 0000075252    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2016    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016    
Trading Symbol OMI    
Document Fiscal Period Focus (Q1,Q2,Q3,FY) FY    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   61,038,220  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Public Float     $ 2,336,644,396