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[hoh-mee-op-uh-thee] /ˌhoʊ miˈɒp ə θi/
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 of homeopathy
1820-30; homeo- + -pathy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for homeopathy
  • Another good possibility is though it is not mainstream to use homeopathy.
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  • 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.
  • It's the same thing that is going on with sugar pills and homeopathy in medicine.
  • She promoted the benefits of fresh air, tea, homeopathy and a good joke.
  • We have worked with homeopathy for her entire life and have never needed to use this type of treatment.
  • Except in homeopathy, there is a generally a correlation between efficacy and toxicity.
  • Millions of people around the world swear by the alternative medicine homeopathy.
  • Hence the appeal of alternative medicine: aromatherapy, homeopathy, ginkgo.
British Dictionary definitions for homeopathy


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 Compare allopathy
Derived Forms
homeopathic, homoeopathic (ˌhəʊmɪəˈpæθɪk) adjective
homeopathically, homoeopathically, adverb
homeopathist, homoeopathist (ˌhəʊmɪˈɒpəθɪst), homeopath, homoeopath (ˈhəʊmɪəˌpæθ) noun
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Word Origin and History for homeopathy

1830, from German Homöopathie, coined 1824 by German physician Samuel Friedrich Hahnemann (1755-1843) from Greek homoios "like, similar, of the same kind" (see homeo-) + -patheia (see -pathy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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homeopathy in Medicine

homeopathy ho·me·op·a·thy (hō'mē-ŏp'ə-thē)
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 in Science
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 in Culture
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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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