[ah-yer-vey-duh, -vee-]


the ancient Hindu art of medicine and of prolonging life.

Origin of Ayurveda

< Sanskrit, equivalent to āyur- life, vital power + veda knowledge
Related formsA·yur·ve·dic, adjective
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Hinduism an ancient medical treatise on the art of healing and prolonging life, sometimes regarded as a fifth Veda
Derived FormsAyurvedic, adjective

Word Origin for Ayurveda

from Sanskrit, from āyur life + veda knowledge
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Word Origin and History for ayurvedic

1917, "pertaining to traditional Hindu science of medicine," from ayurveda "science of life," from ayur "life" + veda "knowledge" (see Veda).

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