ho·​meo·​path·​ic | \ ˌhō-mē-ə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce homeopathic (audio) \

Definition of homeopathic

1 : of or relating to homeopathy or homeopathic medicine homeopathic remedies Another homeopathic dictum, the "law of infinitesimals", states that the smaller the dose, the more powerful the effect.— Leon Jaroff
2 : of a diluted or insipid nature He was probably a homeopathic abolitionist …— William Allen White Charley, please give a world of my respect & esteem to Miss Ida, & a homeopathic dose of my love.— Mark Twain

Other Words from homeopathic

homeopathically \ ˌhō-​mē-​ə-​ˈpa-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce homeopathic (audio) \ adverb
a homeopathically prepared treatment

Examples of homeopathic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A month later, former Lukoil tycoon Alexander Subbotin died of heart failure in the Moscow region after reportedly receiving homeopathic treatment from a shaman, who offered his clients injections of toad poison. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2022 For example, check out Boericke & Tafel’s Oral Ivy Liquid ($15 for a 1-ounce bottle on Amazon.com), a homeopathic product that is made from poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Steven Salzberg, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Its history in Sequim is much shorter and less homeopathic. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 The paper was actually about a homeopathic treatment. Steven Salzberg, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Genexa has pain & fever medicine and other homeopathic remedies for infants, babies and children. Tanya Klich, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Today, roughly half of Germans have reported using homeopathic remedies, which are sold in every corner pharmacy. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Dec. 2021 Bar owners, homeopathic doctors, pharmacists and others have been arrested this year for selling fraudulent cards. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 The Washington Post reported this week that Rodgers may have been interested in a homeopathic medicine alternative to vaccination. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of homeopathic

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homeopathic

homeo- + -pathic, after German homöopathisch

Note: The German adjective was introduced by Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the founder of homeopathy, probably first in the essay "Fingerzeige auf den homöopathischen Gebrauch der Arzeien in der bisherigen Praxis," Journal der practischen Arzneykunde und Wundarzneykunst, edited by C. W. Hufeland, Band 26, 2. Theil (1807), pp. 5-43. Upon introducing the word, Hahnemann defines it in a footnote: "Homöopathisch ist, was ein ὅμοιον πάθος, ein ähnliches Leiden zu erzeugen Tendenz hat" ("Homeopathic is that which tends to produce a hómoion páthos, a similar suffering") (p. 8). See also allopathic.

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“Homeopathic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeopathic. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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variants: or British homoeopathic \ ˌhō-​mē-​ə-​ˈpath-​ik How to pronounce homeopathic (audio) \

Medical Definition of homeopathic

: of or relating to homeopathy or homeopathic medicine homeopathic methods Homeopathic remedies are derived from plants (chamomile, poison ivy, rue), minerals (sulfur, iron, mercury), or animals (squid ink, bee venom) prepared as highly dilute solutions.— Andrew Weil, Self Healing

Other Words from homeopathic

homeopathically or British homoeopathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce homeopathic (audio) \ adverb
homeopathically diluted solutions


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