al·​lo·​path·​ic | \ ˌa-lə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce allopathic (audio) \

Definition of allopathic

: relating to or being a system of medicine that aims to combat disease by using remedies (such as drugs or surgery) which produce effects that are different from or incompatible with those of the disease being treated

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While the number of allopathic students, those training to become MDs, pairing with primary care programs has been declining for the past four years, the number of osteopathic students, those training as DOs, is on the rise. Ginger Christ,, "Doctor shortage to worsen, patients could pay more for fewer options," 11 Aug. 2019 For eight years, Bhatnagar tried tons of different medications, from allopathic to homeopathic varieties, with no success. Julie Mazziotta,, "Woman Who Used to Be Bullied for Her Vitiligo Turns It Into Art: ‘I Can Dispel Its Myths’," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of allopathic

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allopathic

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).

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