homeopathy

noun

ho·​me·​op·​a·​thy ˌhō-mē-ˈä-pə-thē How to pronounce homeopathy (audio) ˌhä- How to pronounce homeopathy (audio)
: a system of alternative medicine 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 : homeopathic medicine

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Meditation, homeopathy, yoga, therapy and an ancient traditional system of medicine known as Ayurveda are available at Soukya, headed by Dr. Isaac Mathai. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2022 As the Prince of Wales, he had been peppered with allegations of trying to interfere in politics, on issues from architecture to homeopathy. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2022 The mysterious, indeterminate nature of quantum causation is said to solve puzzles such as the foundations of consciousness and the possibility of free will, as well as vindicate dubious practices such as telekinesis and homeopathy. Julian Baggini, WSJ, 10 Aug. 2022 The Queen is a great believer in homeopathy and herbal medicines, and each dog has a unique menu. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 23 Apr. 2022 Jarry has written about the dangers of homeopathy for years, and has even taken part in a national initiative for labeling the lack of evidence of homeopathic products in Canada. Derek Beres, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2022 In other words, when researchers have to commit to a study design, their results don't show homeopathy to be effective. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 Mar. 2022 And, of course, Goop embraces the long-standing hokum known as homeopathy, which essentially claims ritualized dilutions of poisons can cure disease and anthropomorphic water molecules can remember how to heal you. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 2 Feb. 2022 While holding a medical license, Mehmet Oz, widely known as Dr. Oz, has long pushed misleading, science-free and unproven alternative therapies such as homeopathy, as well as fad diets, detoxes and cleanses. Timothy Caulfield, Scientific American, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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.

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homeopathy was in 1826

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Cite this Entry

“Homeopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeopathy. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

homeopathy

noun

ho·​me·​op·​a·​thy
variants or British homoeopathy
plural homeopathies
: a system of alternative medicine 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 : homeopathic medicine

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