Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects different from those caused by the disease itself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. traditional medicine
  • n. a traditional medical method or treatment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That system of medical practice which aims to combat disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the special disease treated; -- a term invented by Hahnemann to designate the ordinary practice, as opposed to homeopathy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In medicine, a therapeutic method characterized by the use of agents producing effects different from the symptoms of the disease treated. See homeopathy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself

Etymologies

German Allopathie : Greek allos, other; see allo- + Greek patheia, suffering; see -pathy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The term allopathy is derived from two Greek words: allo meaning opposite and pathos meaning suffering.

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  • Osler made more than one verifiable statement regarding homeopathy, as well as what he termed allopathy as a practice of his time, as well as what he saw as a future direction.

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  • I am trained in allopathy, but having lived with the adivasis and watched and heard alternative medical practitioners, in all these years.

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  • There is effective treatment for OCD in modern medicine (which is referred to as allopathy).

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  • Our boats have been in port over 6000 years, waiting for knowledge about the whats and whys of life, until barnacles of ignorance have accumulated to such thickness that the conchologist has called that cake of shells "allopathy" which weighed anchor and turned to the great sea of human credulity to expound, with nothing but conjectures to offer.

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  • Medicine, sometimes impertinently, often ignorantly, often carelessly called "allopathy," appropriates everything from every source that can be of the slightest use to anybody who is ailing in any way, or like to be ailing from any cause.

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  • The term "allopathy" was used frequently throughout the first half of the 19th century, particularly in the United States, to describe various forms of conventional medicine, even by non-homeopathic practitioners themselves.

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  • The term "allopathy" was used frequently throughout the first half of the 19th century, particularly in the United States, to describe various forms of [[Medicine | conventional medicine]], even by non-homeopathic practitioners themselves.

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  • Greek (ἄλλος, állos, other, different + πάϑος, páthos, suffering), "allopathy" was meant to be contrasted to his own theory of

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  • It looks perfectly relevant to me, based on what the text says: it's apparently a synonym relevant to the era in which the term "allopathy" was mainly in use.

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