holism

noun
ho·​lism | \ˈhō-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of holism 

1 : a theory that the universe and especially living nature is correctly seen in terms of interacting wholes (as of living organisms) that are more than the mere sum of elementary particles

2 : a study or method of treatment that is concerned with wholes or with complete systems : a holistic study or method of treatment

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Other Words from holism

holist \ˈhō-​list \ noun

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There's loads of omm-ing at this legendary house of holism. Dana Wood, Town & Country, "7 Detox Destinations You Need To Visit," 13 Mar. 2015 The cover of the first issue was an image of the earth — another sphere — taken from space, exemplifying its spirit of holism. Nikil Saval, New York Times, "Google and Apple: the High-Tech Hippies of Silicon Valley," 28 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of holism

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for holism

Greek hólos "whole, complete" + -ism — more at holo-

Note: Word coined by the statesman and philosopher Jan smuts in the book Holism and Evolution (1926).

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holism

noun
ho·​lism | \ˈhō-ˌliz-əm \

Medical Definition of holism 

1 : a theory that the universe and especially living nature is correctly seen in terms of interacting wholes (as of living organisms) that are more than the mere sum of elementary particles

2 : a holistic study or method of treatment

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