homeopathy

[hoh-mee-op-uh-thee]
noun
the method of treating disease by drugs, given in minute doses, that would produce in a healthy person symptoms similar to those of the disease (opposed to allopathy ).

Origin:
1820–30; homeo- + -pathy

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homeopathy or homoeopathy (ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθɪ)
 
n
Compare allopathy a method of treating disease by the use of small amounts of a drug that, in healthy persons, produces symptoms similar to those of the disease being treated
 
homoeopathy or homoeopathy
 
n
 
homeopathic or homoeopathy
 
adj
 
homoeopathic or homoeopathy
 
adj
 
homeo'pathically or homoeopathy
 
adv
 
homoeo'pathically or homoeopathy
 
adv
 
homeopathist or homoeopathy
 
n
 
homoeopathist or homoeopathy
 
n
 
homeopath or homoeopathy
 
n
 
homoeopath or homoeopathy
 
n

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homeopathy
1830, from Ger. Homöopathie, coined 1824 in Ger. by Ger. physician Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann (1755-1843) from Gk. homoios "like, similar, of the same kind" (an expanded form of homos "same;" see same) + -patheia "effect," from pathos "suffering" (see pathos).
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Medical Dictionary

homeopathy ho·me·op·a·thy (hō'mē-ŏp'ə-thē)
n.
A system for treating disease based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that in massive amounts produces symptoms in healthy persons similar to those of the disease.


ho'me·o·path'ic (-ə-pāth'ĭk) adj.
ho'me·o·path' or ho'me·op'a·thist n.
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homeopathy   (hō'mē-ŏp'ə-thē)  Pronunciation Key 
A nontraditional system for treating and preventing disease, in which minute amounts of a substance that in large amounts causes disease symptoms are given to healthy individuals. This is thought to enhance the body's natural defenses.
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homeopathy [(hoh-mee-op-uh-thee)]

A system of treating disease in which small doses of certain substances are administered; in large doses, given to a healthy person, these substances would produce the symptoms of the disease. The principles of homeopathy do not enjoy widespread acceptance in the medical community.

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Example sentences
Another good possibility is though it is not mainstream to use homeopathy.
Homeopathy has really helped another of my dogs with epilepsy.
Homeopathy has failed to produce even one verifiable cure.
The point is that alternative medicine, homeopathy as an example, tends to be
  more of a choice among the more educated.
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