[ney-chuh-rop-uh-thee, nach-uh-]


a system or method of treating disease that employs no surgery or synthetic drugs but uses special diets, herbs, vitamins, massage, etc., to assist the natural healing processes.

Origin of naturopathy

First recorded in 1900–05; nature + -o- + -pathy
Related formsna·tur·o·path [ney-cher-uh-path, nach-er-] /ˈneɪ tʃər əˌpæθ, ˈnætʃ ər-/, nounna·tur·o·path·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for naturopathy



a method of treating disorders, involving the use of herbs and other naturally grown foods, sunlight, fresh air, etcAlso called: nature cure
Derived Formsnaturopath (ˈneɪtʃərəˌpæθ), nounnaturopathic (ˌneɪtʃərəˈpæθɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for naturopathy

1901, a hybrid from comb. form of nature + -pathy. A correct formation from all-Greek elements would be *physiopathy. Related: Naturopath.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

naturopathy in Medicine




A system of therapeutics in which surgery and prescription medications are avoided, and preparations such as vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbs are used to treat and prevent disease.
Related formsnatur•o•path′ (chər-ə-păth′, nə-chur-)′tur•o•pathic adj.
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