[ 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).

Nearby words

  1. allonym,
  2. allonymous,
  3. allonymously,
  4. allopath,
  5. allopathic,
  6. allopatric,
  7. allopelagic,
  8. allophanamide,
  9. allophane,
  10. allophone

Origin of allopathy

From the German word Allopathie, dating back to 1835–45. See allo-, -pathy

Related formsal·lo·path·ic [al-uh-path-ik] /ˌæl əˈpæθ ɪk/, adjectiveal·lo·path·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allopathy


/ (əˈlɒpəθɪ) /


the orthodox medical method of treating disease, by inducing a condition different from or opposed to the cause of the diseaseCompare homeopathy
Derived Formsallopathic (ˌæləˈpæθɪk), adjectiveallopathically, 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

Medicine definitions for allopathy


[ ə-lŏpə-thē ]


A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects antagonistic to those caused by the disease itself.
Related formsal′lo•pathic (ăl′ə-păthĭk) adj.

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