[ hoh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈhoʊ lɪz əm /
Philosophy. the theory that whole entities, as fundamental components of reality, have an existence other than as the mere sum of their parts.Compare organicism(def 1).
Also holiatry. Medicine/Medical. care of the entire patient in all aspects of well-being, including physical, psychological, and social.
Psychology. any psychologic system postulating that the human mind must be studied as a unit rather than as a sum of its individual parts.
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Related formsho·list, noun
Can be confusedholism wholism
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British Dictionary definitions for holism
/ (ˈhəʊlɪzəm) /
any doctrine that a system may have properties over and above those of its parts and their organization
the treatment of any subject as a whole integrated system, esp, in medicine, the consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a diseaseSee also alternative medicine
Word Origin for holism
C20: from holo- + -ism
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Medicine definitions for holism
[ hō′lĭz′əm ]
The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts.
A holistic investigation or system of treatment.
Related formsho•lis′tic (hō-lĭs′tĭk) adj.
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