[gey-luh-niz-uh m]


the medical system or principles of Galen.

Origin of Galenism

First recorded in 1865–70; Galen + -ism
Related formsGa·len·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of galenism

  • Galenism prevailed mostly in the south of Europe and France.

    Medical Essays

    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • It is essentially in the form of Galenism that Greek medicine was transmitted to after ages.

  • Having arrived at such a condition in the hands of the Mohammedans, Galenism was now destined to pass once more to the West.

  • Even in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Galenism held almost undisputed sway.

British Dictionary definitions for galenism



a system of medicine based on the 84 surviving technical treatises of Galen, including the theory of the four bodily humours
Derived FormsGalenist, adjective, noun
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