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reductionism

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noun re·duc·tion·ism \ri-ˈdək-shə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of reductionism

  1. 1 :  explanation of complex life-science processes and phenomena in terms of the laws of physics and chemistry; also :  a theory or doctrine that complete reductionism is possible

  2. 2 :  a procedure or theory that reduces complex data and phenomena to simple terms

re·duc·tion·ist play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective
re·duc·tion·is·tic play \-ˌdək-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective


1943

First Known Use of reductionism

1943

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reductionism

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noun re·duc·tion·ism \ri-ˈdək-shə-ˌniz-əm\

Medical Definition of reductionism

  1. 1:  the attempt to explain all biological processes by the same explanations (as by physical laws) that chemists and physicists use to interpret inanimate matter; also :  the theory that complete reductionism is possible

  2. 2:  a procedure or theory that reduces complex data or phenomena to simple terms

  3. re·duc·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nəst\play or re·duc·tion·is·tic \-ˌdək-shə-ˈnis-tik\play adjective




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