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homeopathy

[hoh-mee-op-uh-thee]
noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for homeopathy

Historical Examples

  • But he was furious and sulphurous, and that is why I have changed to homeopathy.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)

    Various

  • I thought that homeopathy—similia, etc.—had done away with both of them.

    Backlog Studies

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • Like Voltaire, he was tolerant—except toward Calvinism and Homeopathy.

  • As a member of the College of Physicians I've felt that way about homeopathy and the faith-cure.

    Lin McLean

    Owen Wister

  • Homeopathy taught her that in the higher attenuations of its drugs, "matter is rarefied to its fatal essence, mortal mind."


British Dictionary definitions for homeopathy

homeopathy

homoeopathy

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formshomeopathic or homoeopathic (ˌhəʊmɪəˈpæθɪk), adjectivehomeopathically or homoeopathically, adverbhomeopathist 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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

homeopathy in Medicine

homeopathy

(hō′mē-ŏpə-thē)
n.
  1. 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.
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Related formsho′me•o•pathic (-ə-păthĭk) adj.home•o•path′ null n.
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homeopathy in Science

homeopathy

[hō′mē-ŏpə-thē]
  1. 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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homeopathy in Culture

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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