- 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
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Examples from the Web for allopathic
The pesky hanger-on evidently possessed an understanding of my immune system that allopathic medicine has yet to match.An Epidemic of Absence: Destroying the Bugs in Our Bodies Can Be Dangerous to Our Health
September 9, 2012
We'll give 'em medicine in allopathic doses, and it will be a case of 'kill or cure.'Bert Wilson on the Gridiron
J. W. Duffield
But up to seven I lived exclusively on allopathic medicines.Mark Twain's Speeches
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
"There's an allopathic physician at Corbitant," said Grace passively.Dr. Breen's Practice
William Dean Howells
That comes of avoiding all allopathic messes like the devil.Lady Rose's Daughter
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Pneumonia followed; physicians came with torments of plasters and allopathic dosings that brought no relief.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- of, relating to, or used in allopathy
- the orthodox medical method of treating disease, by inducing a condition different from or opposed to the cause of the diseaseCompare homeopathy
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Word Origin and History for allopathic
1830, from French allopathique (see allopathy). Related: Allopathically.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects antagonistic to those caused by the disease itself.
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