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. 2018

Examples from the Web for allopathy

Historical Examples of allopathy

  • Hydropathy and Allopathy in their practice are like the poles asunder.

  • Christian Science and allopathy don't mix,' I says, 'and you'd starve, that's what you'd do.


    Ellis Parker Butler

  • I told him in plain words he would be better off rollin' allopathy pills.


    Ellis Parker Butler

  • I have known it succeed in cholera cases sometimes, however, as well as the allopathy.

  • He said that the aim of allopathy was to poison him; of hydropathy to drown him; and of homeopathy to let him die unaided.

British Dictionary definitions for allopathy


  1. 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

allopathy in Medicine


  1. 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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