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holistic

[hoh-lis-tik] /hoʊˈlɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
incorporating the concept of holism in theory or practice:
holistic psychology.
2.
Medicine/Medical. identifying with principles of holism in a system of therapeutics, especially one considered outside the mainstream of scientific medicine, as naturopathy or chiropractic, and often involving nutritional measures: holistic medicine.
Origin
1926
1926; hol(ism) + -istic
Related forms
holistically, adverb
Can be confused
holistic, wholistic.
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British Dictionary definitions for holistic medicine

holistic

/həʊˈlɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a doctrine of holism
2.
of or relating to the the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease
Derived Forms
holistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for holistic medicine

holistic

adj.

1939, from holism + -istic. Holistic medicine is first attested 1960. Related: Holistically.

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holistic medicine in Medicine

holistic medicine n.
An approach to medical care that emphasizes the study of all aspects of a person's health, including psychological, social, and economic influences on health status.

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holistic medicine in Culture
holistic medicine [(hoh-lis-tik)]

An approach to medicine that emphasizes treating the person as a whole, with special attention to the interconnections of the mind and body and of the systems within the body. Holistic medicine stresses the patient's role in health care through such means as positive attitudes, sound diet, and regular exercise.

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