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ayurveda

noun, often capitalized ay·ur·ve·da \ˌī-ər-ˈvā-də, -ˈve-\

Definition of ayurveda

  1. :  a form of holistic alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine of India

ayurvedic \-dik\ adjective often capitalized


Origin of ayurveda

Sanskrit āyurvedaḥ, from āyuḥ life, vital power + vedaḥ knowledge


First Known Use: 1788


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Ayurveda

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noun Ay·ur·ve·da \ˌī-yər-ˈvād-ə, -ˈved-\

Medical Definition of Ayurveda

  1. :  a form of alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine of India, that preceded and evolved independently of Western medicine, and that seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach especially by emphasizing diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy

Ayurvedic \-ik\play adjective
Ayurvedist \-əst\play noun



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