EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun the method of treating disease by drugs, given in minute doses, that would produce in a healthy person symptoms similar to those of the disease (opposed to allopathy). Origin of homeopathy
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Examples from the Web for homeopathy Historical Examples of homeopathy British Dictionary definitions for homeopathy noun a method of treating disease by the use of small amounts of a drug that, in healthy persons, produces symptoms similar to those of the disease being treated Compare allopathy Derived Forms homeopathic or homoeopathic ( ˌhəʊmɪəˈpæθɪk), adjective homeopathically or homoeopathically, adverb homeopathist or homoeopathist ( ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθɪst) or homeopath or homoeopath ( ˈhəʊmɪəˌpæθ), noun
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Word Origin and History for homeopathy n.
1830, from German
Homöopathie, coined 1824 by German physician Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann (1755-1843) from Greek homoios "like, similar, of the same kind" (see homeo-) + -patheia (see -pathy).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
homeopathy [hō′mē-ŏp ′ə-thē] n. A system for treating disease based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that in massive amounts produces symptoms in healthy persons similar to those of the disease. Related forms ho′me•o•path ( ′ic -ə-păth) ′ĭk adj. ho null ′me•o•path′ n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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A nontraditional system for treating and preventing disease, in which minute amounts of a substance that in large amounts causes disease symptoms are given to healthy individuals. This is thought to enhance the body's natural defenses.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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A system of treating disease in which small doses of certain substances are administered; in large doses, given to a healthy person, these substances would produce the symptoms of the disease. The principles of homeopathy do not enjoy widespread acceptance in the medical community.
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