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[uh-lop-uh-thee] /əˈlɒp ə θi/
the method of treating disease by the use of agents that produce effects different from those of the disease treated (opposed to homeopathy).
Origin of allopathy
From the German word Allopathie, dating back to 1835-45. See allo-, -pathy
Related forms
[al-uh-path-ik] /ˌæl əˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
allopathically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for allopathy
Historical Examples
  • Hydropathy and allopathy in their practice are like the poles asunder.

    Every Man his own Doctor R. T. Claridge
  • Christian Science and allopathy don't mix,' I says, 'and you'd starve, that's what you'd do.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • I told him in plain words he would be better off rollin' allopathy pills.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • I have known it succeed in cholera cases sometimes, however, as well as the allopathy.

    Six Years in the Prisons of England A Merchant - Anonymous
  • He said that the aim of allopathy was to poison him; of hydropathy to drown him; and of homeopathy to let him die unaided.

  • A school of medicine midway between allopathy and Christian Science.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for allopathy


the orthodox medical method of treating disease, by inducing a condition different from or opposed to the cause of the disease Compare homeopathy
Derived Forms
allopathic (ˌæləˈpæθɪk) adjective
allopathically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for allopathy

1842, "treatment of disease by remedies that produce effects opposite to the symptoms," from German Allopathie (Hahnemann), from Greek allos "other" (see alias) + -patheia, "suffering, disease, feeling" (see -pathy). The term applied by homeopathists to traditional medicine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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allopathy in Medicine

allopathy al·lop·a·thy (ə-lŏp'ə-thē)
A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects antagonistic to those caused by the disease itself.

al'lo·path'ic (āl'ə-pāth'ĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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