Definitions

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

  • n. A system for treating disease based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that in massive amounts produces symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the disease itself.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a system of treating diseases with small amounts of substances which, in larger amounts, would produce the observed symptoms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of curing, founded on resemblances; the theory and its practice that disease is cured (tuto, cito, et jucunde) by remedies which produce on a healthy person effects similar to the symptoms of the complaint under which the patient suffers, the remedies being usually administered in minute doses. This system was founded by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, and is opposed to allopathy, or heteropathy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The medical treatment of diseased conditions of the body by the administration of drugs which are capable of exciting in healthy persons symptoms closely similar to those of the morbid condition treated.

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

  • n. a method of treating disease with small amounts of remedies that, in large amounts in healthy people, produce symptoms similar to those being treated

Etymologies

From German Homöopathie; homeo- + -pathy (Wiktionary)

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