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 homeopathy (audio) \ noun

Examples of homeopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite this, the global homeopathy industry is predicted to be worth $16 billion by 2024. Victoria Forster, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Herbs and medicine go hand-in-hand for those practicing homeopathy or Ayurveda, an ancient Hindu system of medicine based on the idea of balance within your body, built on the foundation of herbal treatment, yoga and breathing. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 11 Dec. 2020 In 1910, an investigation into the state of North American medical education, the Flexner Report, castigated the field—and homeopathy, botanical medicine, and osteopathy in particular. Eleanor Cummins, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 12 Mar. 2020 The Indian government released a health advisory based on the traditional medicine practices of Ayurveda, homeopathy and Unani. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2020

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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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“Homeopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeopathy. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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 homeopathy (audio) , ˌhäm-​ē-​ How to pronounce homeopathy (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 homeopathy (audio) \ adjective
homeopathically or British homoeopathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce homeopathy (audio) \ adverb

More from Merriam-Webster on homeopathy

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about homeopathy


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