reductionism


re·duc·tion·ism

noun \ri-ˈdək-shə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of REDUCTIONISM

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
:  a procedure or theory that reduces complex data and phenomena to simple terms
re·duc·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective
re·duc·tion·is·tic \-ˌdək-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

First Known Use of REDUCTIONISM

1943

Rhymes with REDUCTIONISM

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re·duc·tion·ism

noun \ri-ˈdək-shə-ˌniz-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of REDUCTIONISM

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
: a procedure or theory that reduces complex data or phenomena to simple terms
re·duc·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nəst\ or re·duc·tion·is·tic \-ˌdək-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

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