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[mak-roh-bahy-ot-iks] /ˌmæk roʊ baɪˈɒt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
a philosophically oriented program incorporating elements from several ancient cultures and emphasizing harmony with nature, especially through adherence to a diet consisting primarily of whole grains, beans, vegetables, and moderate amounts of seafood and fruit.
Origin of macrobiotics
1860-65 for general sense “the science of prolonging life”; see macrobiotic, -ics Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for macrobiotics


(functioning as sing) a dietary system in which foods are classified according to the principles of Yin and Yang. It advocates diets of whole grains and vegetables grown without chemical additives
Word Origin
C20: from macro- + Greek biotos life + -ics
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macrobiotics in Medicine

macrobiotics mac·ro·bi·ot·ics (māk'rō-bī-ŏt'ĭks)
The theory or practice of promoting well-being and longevity, principally by means of a diet consisting chiefly of whole grains and beans and restricted amounts of liquids and noncereal foods.

mac'ro·bi·ot'ic adj.
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