Definition of homeopathy
: a system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce in healthy persons symptoms similar to those of the disease
homeopathplay \ˈhō-mē-ə-ˌpath\ noun
Recent Examples of homeopathy from the Web
Remind your partner not to bring up homeopathy around your step mom, and to never ask your Uncle Ernesto about politics.
The principle behind homeopathy is that certain highly diluted substances can cure illness.
This isn't the first time the FDA has taken issue with homeopathy.
Ironically, bloodletting and other such treatments eventually fell out of favor, but homeopathy is a thriving field today in spite of the medical community largely rejecting it.
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Origin and Etymology of homeopathy
German Homöopathie, from homöo- homeo- + -pathie -pathy
First Known Use: 1826See Words from the same year
HOMEOPATHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of homeopathy for English Language Learners
: a system for treating illnesses that uses very small amounts of substances that would in larger amounts produce symptoms of the illnesses in healthy people
Medical Definition of homeopathy
: a system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in larger amounts produce symptoms in healthy persons similar to those of the disease—compare allopathy 1
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