holistic

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adjective ho·lis·tic \hō-ˈli-stik\

Definition of holistic

  1. 1 :  of or relating to holism

  2. 2 :  relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body holistic ecology views humans and the environment as a single system

holistically

play \hō-ˈli-sti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of holistic in a Sentence

  1. In a world of specialization, we have been trained to think of medicine as a separate world—when we are sick, we go to doctors and follow their advice. This is starting to change, with the increasing popularity of alternative and holistic approaches to overall health and well-being. —Gareth Cook, Boston Globe, 9 June 2002

  2. The Gaia hypothesis is certainly top-down and holistic, and it's now generally accepted … Organisms have not just adapted to different physical environments; they also modify and improve the environment for their own good—just like people. —Tom Ghaffin, Natural History, October 1998

  3. People with supermarket carts. When did these things come out of the stores and into the streets. She saw these things everywhere … filled with living trivia, the holistic dregs of everything if that is correctly put. —Don DeLillo, Mao II, 1991

  4. Holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body.

  5. We need to take a more holistic approach to improving our schools.

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Look at the Big Picture With Holistic

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts" expresses the essence of holism, a term coined by the great South African general and statesman Jan Smuts in 1926. Holism generally opposes the Western tendency toward analysis, the breaking down of wholes into parts sometimes to the point that "you can't see the forest for the trees". Holism is an important concept in the sciences and social sciences, and especially in medicine. Holistic medicine tries to treat the "whole person" rather than focusing too narrowly on single symptoms. It emphasizes the connections between the mind and the body, avoids the overuse of drugs, and has borrowed such practices from Eastern traditions as acupuncture and yoga.

Origin and Etymology of holistic

see holism


First Known Use: 1926


HOLISTIC Defined for English Language Learners

holistic

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Definition of holistic for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts


Medical Dictionary

holistic

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adjective ho·lis·tic \hō-ˈlis-tik\

Medical Definition of holistic

  1. 1:  of or relating to holism

  2. 2:  relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection into parts holistic medicine attempts to treat both the mind and the body

holistically

\-ti-k(ə-)lē\play adverb


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