al·​lo·​path·​ic ˌa-lə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce allopathic (audio)
: of, relating to, or practicing allopathic medicine or allopathy
an allopathic physician
allopathically adverb
allopathically treated

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Nevertheless, integrative medicine as a whole has gained some legitimacy in the eyes of the allopathic community in recent decades. Molly Glick, Discover Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 Osteopathic and allopathic medical students study the same curriculum and participate in the same clinical training but take different licensing exams. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 Combined, more than 100 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools have an EDP. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Notifications of acceptance or rejection of the aspiring allopathic student’s applications are sent by October 1. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 3 June 2021 In 2013, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which accredits allopathic medical schools, eliminated the accreditation standard that schools be not-for-profit. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2021 Another way to improve chances of being accepted into medical school is to apply to both DO (osteopathic) and MD (allopathic) medical schools. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 17 June 2021 When applying to allopathic schools, the applications for TMDSAS and AMCAS open on May 1 and May 30, respectively, and often will have deadlines in October or later. Kristen Moon, Forbes, 3 June 2021 For integrative healthcare providers, the crisis was exacerbated by the often challenging position of seeking to balance allopathic and integrative approaches. Robert Reiss, Forbes, 1 June 2021 See More

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Word History


allo- + -pathic, after German allopathisch

Note: The term allopathisch was introduced by the German physician Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), in opposition to his earlier coinage homöopathisch (see homeopathic). It probably appears first in the essay "Geist der homöopathischen Heil-Lehre," prefaced to his Reine Arzneimittellehre, 2. Theil (Dresden, 1816), p. 9. Hahnemann notes that the essay appeared earlier, in 1813. It was in fact published, as "Geist der neuen Heillehre," in Allgemeiner Anzeiger der Deutschen, 4. März 1813, pp. 621-34, but the text differs in many respects, and instead of allopathisch Hahnemann used allotriopathisch (with Greek allótrios "belonging to another, foreign, strange"). The noun Allopathie appears later, perhaps first in Hahnemann's Organon der Heilkunst (Dresden, 1818), the second edition, with title change, of Organon der rationellen Heilkunde (1810).

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of allopathic was in 1827

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“Allopathic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


al·​lo·​path·​ic ˌal-ə-ˈpath-ik How to pronounce allopathic (audio)
: of, relating to, or practicing allopathic medicine or allopathy
an allopathic physician
allopathically adverb
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