American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Internal and external use of water as a therapeutic treatment for all forms of disease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The method of treating diseases by the external and internal use of water; hydrotherapeutics, especially in the cruder forms. See water-cure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The water cure; a mode of treating diseases by the copious and frequent use of pure water, both internally and externally.
- n. the internal and external use of water in the treatment of disease
“Meanwhile, the average townfolk turned to fixing themselves as well, trying everything from religion to vegetarianism to hydropathy—the last of which required cold water immersions, foot baths, douches, and the like.”
“She was a single mother, and she was exploring all sorts of homeopathy, hydropathy, all those things that people did in those days to try to get well.”
“John Roebling was a believer in hydropathy, the therapeutic use of water.”
“PRIESSNITZ, the celebrated founder of hydropathy, died at Graefenberg on the 26th of November, at the age of fifty-two.”
“Josef could hardly be blamed for not telling us, as in the Tyrol the people regard lying on wet or dewy grass as a natural system of hydropathy.”
“Among other topics of discussion was the value of hygiene and hydropathy, in which a Louisville physician joined, narrating his observations of the system during a practice of fifteen years in Louisville.”
“Daily bathing in the river had also something to do with it, -- and, indeed, hydropathy (this may not be generally known) was first learned of the West India Maroons, who did their "packing" in wet clay, -- and it was carried by Dr. Wright to England.”
“There are but four known and acknowledged methods of developing muscles locally -- viz., massage, movements, electricity and hydropathy.”
“Vincenz Priessnitz's innovation of hydropathy or water cure.”
“According to this, those suffering from melancholia were treated by suggestion, by diversion of mind, and recreations of all kinds, by a careful regimen, by hydropathy, by pilgrimages to the holy places.”
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