reductionism

noun re·duc·tion·ism \ ri-ˈdək-shə-ˌni-zəm \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of reductionism

1 : explanation of complex life-science processes and phenomena in terms of the laws of physics and chemistry; also : a theory or doctrine that complete reductionism is possible
2 : a procedure or theory that reduces complex data and phenomena to simple terms

reductionist

play \ri-ˈdək-sh(ə-)nist\ noun or adjective

reductionistic

play \ri-ˌdək-shə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

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First Known Use of reductionism

1925


Medical Dictionary

reductionism

noun re·duc·tion·ism \ ri-ˈdək-shə-ˌniz-əm \

medical Definition of reductionism

1 : the attempt to explain all biological processes by the same explanations (as by physical laws) that chemists and physicists use to interpret inanimate matter; also : the theory that complete reductionism is possible
2 : a procedure or theory that reduces complex data or phenomena to simple terms

reductionist

play \-sh(ə-)nəst\ or reductionistic play \-ˌdək-shə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective

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