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[gey-luh-niz-uh m] /ˈgeɪ ləˌnɪz əm/
the medical system or principles of Galen.
Origin of Galenism
First recorded in 1865-70; Galen + -ism
Related forms
Galenist, noun Unabridged
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  • Galenism prevailed mostly in the south of Europe and France.

    Medical Essays Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • It is essentially in the form of Galenism that Greek medicine was transmitted to after ages.

  • Having arrived at such a condition in the hands of the Mohammedans, Galenism was now destined to pass once more to the West.

  • Even in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Galenism held almost undisputed sway.

British Dictionary definitions for Galenism


a system of medicine based on the 84 surviving technical treatises of Galen, including the theory of the four bodily humours
Derived Forms
Galenist, adjective, noun
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