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theory

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noun the·o·ry \ˈthē-ə-rē, ˈthi(-ə)r-ē\

Medical Definition of theory

plural theories

  1. 1:  the general or abstract principles of a body of fact, a science, or an art <the theory and practice of medicine>

  2. 2:  a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain natural phenomena <a theory of organic evolution>—see atomic theory, cell theory, germ theory

  3. 3:  a working hypothesis that is considered probable based on experimental evidence or factual or conceptual analysis and is accepted as a basis for experimentation

theoretical \ˌthē-ə-ˈret-i-kəl, ˌthi(ə)r-ˈet-\play also theoretic \-ik\play adjective
theoretically \-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb




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