holistic


ho·lis·tic

adjective \hō-ˈlis-tik\

: relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts

Full Definition of HOLISTIC

1
:  of or relating to holism
2
:  relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body> <holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system>
ho·lis·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of HOLISTIC

  1. Holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body.
  2. We need to take a more holistic approach to improving our schools.
  3. In a world of specialization, we have been trained to think of medicine as a separate world—when we are sick, we go to doctors and follow their advice. This is starting to change, with the increasing popularity of alternative and holistic approaches to overall health and well-being. —Gareth Cook, Boston Globe, 9 June 2002

Origin of HOLISTIC

(see holism)
First Known Use: 1926

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

ho·lis·tic

adjective \hō-ˈlis-tik\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HOLISTIC

1
: of or relating to holism
2
: relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts <holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body>
ho·lis·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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