ho·​me·​op·​a·​thy | \ ˌhō-mē-ˈä-pə-thē How to pronounce homeopathy (audio) , ˌhä- \

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

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Other Words from homeopathy

homeopath \ ˈhō-​mē-​ə-​ˌpath How to pronounce homeopath (audio) \ noun

Examples of homeopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Endorsements of homeopathy such as Bachchan’s and the use of unscientific policies and treatments in a bid to address this growing epidemic have undoubtedly contributed to a failure to address it more fully. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, "Why India’s Pandemic Response Is Tipping Towards Pseudoscience," 18 Aug. 2020 In the mid-’90s, India’s government formed a department within the health ministry to regulate traditional medicine, including homeopathy. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, "Why India’s Pandemic Response Is Tipping Towards Pseudoscience," 18 Aug. 2020 Linda’s herbs + homeopathy, and lots of vitamins necessary for this time + non-toxic quinine (Cinchona Officialis—Peruvian Bark) to combat this oxygen-eating virus. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Chris Cuomo's Wife Cristina Opens Up About His Condition Two Weeks After COVID-19 Diagnosis," 15 Apr. 2020 In January, the Indian government through the Ministry of AYUSH, which promotes alternative forms of medicine, published questionable advisories about homeopathy and unani (a type of herbal practice) as ways to prevent coronavirus infection. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "India Is the World's Second-Most Populous Country. Can It Handle the Coronavirus Outbreak?," 12 Mar. 2020 The Indian government released a health advisory based on the traditional medicine practices of Ayurveda, homeopathy and Unani. Washington Post, "Kimchi, cow poop and other spurious coronavirus remedies," 2 Feb. 2020 Statistics show that about one-third of Americans turn to alternative medicine (medical therapies not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture)—and that number is predicted to increase. Brierley Horton, al, "Health or Hype? Which alternative health trends are worth a try," 14 Jan. 2020 The active ingredients used in homeopathy are traditionally plant, animal or mineral-based. Sherri Leimkuhler, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Leimkuhler: Decoding difference between holistic and homeopathic," 8 Dec. 2019 We are surrounded by people who profess their love of science and we are surrounded by things that are mostly made up and deep-dipped in pseudoscience: chiropractic, homeopathy, yoga, aromatherapy, reiki, the terror of GMOs and vaccines, etc. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "There’s No Such Thing as ‘Brainwashing’," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of homeopathy

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for homeopathy

borrowed from German Homöopathie, from homöo- homeo- + -pathie -pathy, after earlier homöopathisch homeopathic

Note: Introduced by Samuel Hahnemann, perhaps first in his Reine Arzneimittellehre, 3. Theil (Dresden, 1817), p. iii ff.

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The first known use of homeopathy was in 1826

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7 Sep 2020

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“Homeopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeopathy. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of homeopathy

: 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


variants: or British homoeopathy \ ˌhō-​mē-​ˈäp-​ə-​thē How to pronounce homoeopathy (audio) , ˌhäm-​ē-​ How to pronounce homoeopathy (audio) \
plural homeopathies

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 sense 1

Other Words from homeopathy

homeopathic or British homoeopathic \ ˌhō-​mē-​ə-​ˈpath-​ik How to pronounce homoeopathic (audio) \ adjective
homeopathically or British homoeopathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce homoeopathically (audio) \ adverb

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