[ hoh-lis-tik ]
/ hoʊˈlɪs tɪk /


incorporating the concept of holism, or the idea that the whole is more than merely the sum of its parts, in theory or practice: holistic psychology.
Medicine/Medical. identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.

Origin of holistic

First recorded in 1926; hol(ism) + -istic

Related forms

ho·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

Can be confused

holistic wholistic
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British Dictionary definitions for holistically


/ (həʊˈlɪstɪk) /


of or relating to a doctrine of holism
of or relating to the the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease

Derived Forms

holistically, adverb
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