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naturopathy

[ ney-chuh-rop-uh-thee, nach-uh- ]
/ ˌneɪ tʃəˈrɒp ə θi, ˌnætʃ ə- /
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noun

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.

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Origin of naturopathy

First recorded in 1900–05; nature + -o- + -pathy
na·tur·o·path [ney-cher-uh-path, nach-er-], /ˈneɪ tʃər əˌpæθ, ˈnætʃ ər-/, nounna·tur·o·path·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for naturopathy

naturopathy
/ (ˌneɪtʃəˈrɒpəθɪ) /

noun

a method of treating disorders, involving the use of herbs and other naturally grown foods, sunlight, fresh air, etcAlso called: nature cure
naturopath (ˈneɪtʃərəˌpæθ), nounnaturopathic (ˌneɪtʃərəˈpæθɪk), adjective
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Medical definitions for naturopathy

naturopathy
[ nā′chə-rŏpə-thē ]

n.

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.
natur•o•path′ (chər-ə-păth′, nə-chur-) n.na′tur•o•pathic adj.
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