allopathy

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

allo- +‎ -pathy – term coined by Samuel Hahnemann (the founder of homeopathy) as a pejorative term to indicate medicine that in his opinion treated something "other than" the disharmony that caused the disease. James C. Whorton – Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America

Noun[edit]

allopathy (countable and uncountable, plural allopathies)

  1. (uncountable) traditional medicine
  2. (countable) a traditional medical method or treatment.
  3. (figuratively) organized medicine

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Used principally to distinguish it from homeopathy (USA, UK, EU), especially in the literature of homeopathy; also connoting the law of opposites.
  • In the United States, the term is sometimes used to distinguish MDs from DOs (osteopathic physicians), usually in discussions of medical education.
  • In India, used principally to distinguish "Western medicine" from Ayurveda, especially when comparing treatments and drugs.