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holistic

[hoh-lis-tik]
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  1. incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts, in theory or practice: holistic psychology.
  2. Medicine/Medical. identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.
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Origin of holistic

First recorded in 1926; hol(ism) + -istic
Related formsho·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedholistic wholistic
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holistic

adjective
  1. of or relating to a doctrine of holism
  2. of or relating to the the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease
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Derived Formsholistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for holistic

adj.

1939, from holism + -istic. Holistic medicine is first attested 1960. Related: Holistically.

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