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naturopathy

[ney-chuh-rop-uh-thee, nach-uh-] /ˌneɪ tʃəˈrɒp ə θi, ˌnætʃ ə-/
noun
1.
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
1900-1905
1900-05; nature + -o- + -pathy
Related forms
naturopath
[ney-cher-uh-path, nach-er-] /ˈneɪ tʃər əˌpæθ, ˈnætʃ ər-/ (Show IPA),
noun
naturopathic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for naturopathic

naturopathy

/ˌneɪtʃəˈrɒpəθɪ/
noun
1.
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 naturopathic

naturopathy

n.

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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naturopathic in Medicine

naturopathy na·tur·op·a·thy (nā'chə-rŏp'ə-thē)
n.
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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