ethnomedicine

noun

eth·​no·​med·​i·​cine ˌeth-nō-ˈme-də-sən How to pronounce ethnomedicine (audio)
 British usually  -ˈmed-sən
: the comparative study of how different cultures view disease and how they treat or prevent it
also : the medical beliefs and practices of indigenous cultures
ethnomedical adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ethnomedicine was in 1901

Dictionary Entries Near ethnomedicine

Cite this Entry

“Ethnomedicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethnomedicine. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

ethnomedicine

noun
eth·​no·​med·​i·​cine
ˌeth-nō-ˈmed-ə-sən, British usually -ˈmed-sən
: the comparative study of how different cultures view disease and how they treat or prevent it
also : the medical beliefs and practices of indigenous cultures
ethnomedical adjective
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