na·​tu·​rop·​a·​thy | \ ˌnā-chə-ˈrä-pə-thē How to pronounce naturopathy (audio) \

Definition of naturopathy

: a system of treatment of disease that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural agents (such as air, water, and herbs) and physical means (such as tissue manipulation and electrotherapy)

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Other Words from naturopathy

naturopath \ ˈnā-​chər-​ə-​ˌpath How to pronounce naturopathy (audio) , ˈna-​ \ noun
naturopathic \ ˌnā-​chər-​ə-​ˈpa-​thik How to pronounce naturopathy (audio) , ˌna-​ ; nə-​ˌtyu̇r-​ə-​ , -​ˌtu̇r-​ \ adjective

Examples of naturopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This means encouraging other treatments that some never thought possible in a Medicare plan — acupuncture, therapeutic massage and naturopathy. oregonlive, "Medicare 2020: Monthly premiums holding steady as open enrollment nears," 13 Oct. 2019 The most numerous were solicitations for homeopathy or naturopathy for cancer — 474 requests seeking more than $12 million. Lindsey Tanner, The Seattle Times, "Desperate & duped? GoFundMe means big bucks for dubious care," 24 Oct. 2018 The Samueli’s donation is meant, in part, to elevate the study and practice of alternative medicine, including naturopathy and homeopathy. Gary Robbins,, "Tidal wave of enrollment hits UC San Diego, UC Irvine," 28 Sep. 2017 Love-Robinson has pleaded not guilty to charges that include practicing medicine without a license, practice of naturopathy without a license, and grand theft. Marc Freeman,, "Accused teen 'doctor' sentenced to year on Va. fraud charges," 22 May 2017 Young is not a medical doctor, but has degrees in naturopathy and nutrition from the Clayton College of Natural Health, a nonaccredited correspondence school in Alabama. Phil Diehl,, "Sentencing delayed for pH Miracle author," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of naturopathy

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Naturopathy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of naturopathy

: the treatment of illness by using diet, herbs, exercises, etc., without using standard drugs or surgery


variants: also natureopathy \ ˌnā-​chə-​ˈräp-​ə-​thē How to pronounce naturopathy (audio) \
plural naturopathies

Medical Definition of naturopathy

: a system of treatment of disease that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural agents (as air, water, and herbs) and physical means (as tissue manipulation and electrotherapy)

Other Words from naturopathy

naturopathic also natureopathic \ ˌnā-​chə-​rə-​ˈpath-​ik How to pronounce naturopathy (audio) , nə-​ˌt(y)u̇r-​ə-​ How to pronounce naturopathy (audio) \ adjective

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