Try Our Apps


Pore Over vs. Pour Over


[uh-lop-uh-thee] /əˈlɒp ə θi/
the method of treating disease by the use of agents that produce effects different from those of the disease treated (opposed to homeopathy).
Origin of allopathy
1835-45; < German Allopathie. See allo-, -pathy
Related forms
[al-uh-path-ik] /ˌæl əˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA),
allopathically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for allopathy
Historical Examples
  • A school of medicine midway between allopathy and Christian Science.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Christian Science and allopathy don't mix,' I says, 'and you'd starve, that's what you'd do.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • Hydropathy and allopathy in their practice are like the poles asunder.

    Every Man his own Doctor R. T. Claridge
  • I told him in plain words he would be better off rollin' allopathy pills.

    Kilo Ellis Parker Butler
  • I have known it succeed in cholera cases sometimes, however, as well as the allopathy.

    Six Years in the Prisons of England A Merchant - Anonymous
  • He said that the aim of allopathy was to poison him; of hydropathy to drown him; and of homeopathy to let him die unaided.

British Dictionary definitions for allopathy


the orthodox medical method of treating disease, by inducing a condition different from or opposed to the cause of the disease Compare homeopathy
Derived Forms
allopathic (ˌæləˈpæθɪk) adjective
allopathically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for allopathy

1842, "treatment of disease by remedies that produce effects opposite to the symptoms," from German Allopathie (Hahnemann), from Greek allos "other" (see alias) + -patheia, "suffering, disease, feeling" (see -pathy). The term applied by homeopathists to traditional medicine.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
allopathy in Medicine

allopathy al·lop·a·thy (ə-lŏp'ə-thē)
A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects antagonistic to those caused by the disease itself.

al'lo·path'ic (āl'ə-pāth'ĭk) adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for allopathy

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for allopathy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for allopathy