ho·​meo·​path ˈhō-mē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce homeopath (audio)
plural homeopaths
: a practitioner of homeopathy or homeopathic medicine
Homeopaths prescribe minute amounts of natural substances—from common herbs to crushed bee to iron phosphate—that in large amounts would produce symptoms similar to those the patient is experiencing.Bonnie Henderson

Examples of homeopath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Integrated Wellness Retreat with Dr. Angerer, an MD and homeopath educated in Vienna and Innsbruck, includes a measure of heart rate variability, sleep analysis and more, building a treatment protocol based on the results. Rona Berg, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The pellets Breen administered were taken orally as a series and supplied by an out-of-state homeopath, the department said in a release. Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 18 Jan. 2024 In 2022, federal authorities sentenced a homeopath in California to nearly three years in prison for selling bogus COVID-19 immunization pellets and for falsifying COVID-19 vaccination records. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 But homeopaths believe Thuja Occidentalis tinctures treat warts, among other things. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 24 Aug. 2023 Despite what homeopaths say, homeopathy has been shown beyond any reasonable doubt to have no effect above that of a placebo. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 17 May 2010 Under the 1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, homeopathic remedies are generally considered exempt from FDA safety and efficacy reviews if the active ingredient in the product is included in a list of substances approved by homeopaths. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 13 Dec. 2023 The first official news of Harding’s death came at 7:51 p.m. on August 2, in a three-sentence bulletin signed by five doctors, including his personal physician, Charles E. Sawyer, a homeopath who shared the president’s hometown of Marion, Ohio. Greg Daugherty, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Aug. 2023 The institution that would become Hahnemann University Hospital, named for the German homeopath Samuel Hahnemann, was founded in 1848, amid advances in medicine that radically improved the quality of care: the stethoscope, blood transfusion, effective anesthetics. Chris Pomorski, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021

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Word History


borrowed from German Homöopath, probably by back-formation from Homöopathie homeopathy

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homeopath was in 1824

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“Homeopath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeopath. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


variants or British homoeopath
: a practitioner of homeopathy or homeopathic medicine
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