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[ney-chuh-rop-uh-thee, nach-uh-] /ˌneɪ tʃəˈrɒp ə θi, ˌnætʃ ə-/
a system or method of treating disease that employs no surgery or synthetic drugs but uses special diets, herbs, vitamins, massage, etc., to assist the natural healing processes.
Origin of naturopathy
1900-05; nature + -o- + -pathy
Related forms
[ney-cher-uh-path, nach-er-] /ˈneɪ tʃər əˌpæθ, ˈnætʃ ər-/ (Show IPA),
naturopathic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for naturopath
  • None of you still will say you'll see a naturopath or homeopath if you have a serious medical condition.
  • Do not trust what a homeopath or naturopath tells you.
  • However, it remains unclear to the committee who is a naturopath or what makes one a naturopath.
  • Every licensed naturopath must renew their certificate of registration on or before the renewal date.
  • She is continuing to use naturopath in her advertising.
British Dictionary definitions for naturopath


a method of treating disorders, involving the use of herbs and other naturally grown foods, sunlight, fresh air, etc Also called nature cure
Derived Forms
naturopath (ˈneɪtʃərəˌpæθ) noun
naturopathic (ˌneɪtʃərəˈpæθɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for naturopath



1901, a hybrid from comb. form of nature + -pathy. A correct formation from all-Greek elements would be *physiopathy. Related: Naturopath.

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naturopath in Medicine

naturopathy na·tur·op·a·thy (nā'chə-rŏp'ə-thē)
A system of therapeutics in which neither surgical nor medicinal agents are used, with dependence being placed only on natural remedies.

na'tur·o·path' (nā'chər-ə-pāth', nə-chur'-) n.
na'tur·o·path'ic adj.
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