Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of THEORY

:  the general or abstract principles of a body of fact, a science, or an art <the theory and practice of medicine>
:  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
:  a working hypothesis that is considered probable based on experimental evidence or factual or conceptual analysis and is accepted as a basis for experimentation
the·o·ret·i·cal \ˌthē-ə-ˈret-i-kəl, ˌthi(ə)r-ˈet-\ also the·o·ret·ic \-ik\ adjective
the·o·ret·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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