homeopathy

[ hoh-mee-op-uh-thee ]
/ ˌhoʊ miˈɒp ə θi /

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).

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Origin of homeopathy

First recorded in 1820–30; homeo- + -pathy
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British Dictionary definitions for homeopathy

homeopathy

homoeopathy

/ (ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθɪ) /

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 treatedCompare allopathy

Derived forms of homeopathy

homeopathic or homoeopathic (ˌhəʊmɪəˈpæθɪk), adjectivehomeopathically or homoeopathically, adverbhomeopathist or homoeopathist (ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθɪst) or homeopath or homoeopath (ˈhəʊmɪəˌpæθ), noun
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Medical definitions for homeopathy

homeopathy
[ hō′mē-ŏpə-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.

Other words from homeopathy

ho′me•o•pathic (-ə-păthĭk) adj.home•o•path′ null n.
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Scientific definitions for homeopathy

homeopathy
[ hō′mē-ŏpə-thē ]

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.
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Cultural definitions for homeopathy

homeopathy
[ (hoh-mee-op-uh-thee) ]

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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