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).

Origin of homeopathy

First recorded in 1820–30; homeo- + -pathy
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Examples from the Web for homeopathy

Historical Examples of homeopathy

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

  • 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



  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
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

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 in Medicine


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


  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



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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