complementary medicine

noun

Definition of complementary medicine

: any of the practices (such as acupuncture) of alternative medicine accepted and utilized by mainstream medical practitioners also : alternative medicine

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Recent Examples on the Web Likewise, Edzard Ernst, former professor of complementary medicine at Exeter University, echoed the call. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Crowdfunding raises millions for quack cancer remedies, like coffee enemas," 20 Sep. 2018 This includes behavioral therapy and complementary medicines as well as natural and herbal remedies such as omega fatty acid supplements. Michelle Watson, CNN, "Millions of kids on ADHD meds decide their treatment as adults," 6 June 2018

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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“Complementary medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complementary%20medicine. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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complementary medicine

noun

Medical Definition of complementary medicine

: any of the practices (as acupuncture) of alternative medicine accepted and utilized by mainstream medical practitioners also : alternative medicine

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