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

  • adj. Of or relating to holism.
  • adj. Emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.
  • adj. Concerned with wholes rather than analysis or separation into parts: holistic medicine; holistic ecology.

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  • adj. related to holism
  • adj. Relating to a study of the whole instead of a separation into parts.

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  • adj. emphasizing the organic or functional relation between parts and the whole


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