allopathic medicine

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Noun[edit]

allopathic medicine ‎(uncountable)

  1. A system of alternative medicine that treats symptoms with substances that produce opposite symptoms; the opposite of homeopathy.
  2. Modern Western medicine.

Usage notes[edit]

When used to refer to conventional medicine, this word is increasingly considered derogatory by its practitioners. This second meaning is primarily used by homeopaths and some American osteopaths to differentiate their medical practices from conventional medical practices.