Allopathy
The system of medical practice which treats disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the disease under treatment. MDs practice allopathic medicine. The term "allopathy" was coined in 1842 by C.F.S. Hahnemann to designate the usual practice of medicine (allopathy) as opposed to homeopathy, the system of therapy that he founded based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs (in minute doses) thought capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself.
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Regular medicine, the traditional form of medical practice. Cf.:homeopathy. SYN: heteropathy (2), substitutive therapy. [allo- + G. pathos, suffering]

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al·lop·a·thy ə-'läp-ə-thē, a- n, pl -thies
1) a system of medical practice that aims to combat disease by use of remedies (as drugs or surgery) producing effects different from or incompatible with those produced by the disease being treated compare HOMEOPATHY
2) a system of medical practice making use of all measures that have proved of value in treatment of disease
al·lo·path·ic .al-ə-'path-ik adj
al·lo·path·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv

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n.
(in homeopathic medicine) the orthodox system of medicine, in which the use of drugs is directed to producing effects in the body that will directly oppose and so alleviate the symptoms of a disease. Compare homeopathy.

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al·lop·a·thy (al-opґə-the) [allo- + -pathy] a term applied to that system of therapeutics in which diseases are treated by producing a condition incompatible with or antagonistic to the condition to be cured or alleviated. Called also heteropathy. Cf. homeopathy. allopathic adj

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  • Allopathy — Al*lop a*thy, n. [Gr. ? other + ? suffering, ?, ?, to suffer: cf. G. allopathie, F. allopathie. See {Pathos}.] That system of medical practice which aims to combat disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • allopathy — (n.) 1842, treatment of disease by remedies that produce effects opposite to the symptoms, from Ger. Allopathie (Hahnemann), from Gk. allos other (see ALIAS (Cf. alias)) + patheia, comb. form of pathos suffering, disease, feeling (see PATHOS (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • allopathy — [ə läp′ə thē] n. [Ger allopathie (see ALLO & PATHY), after Gr allopatheia, subjection to external influences] treatment of disease by remedies that produce effects different from or opposite to those produced by the disease: loosely applied to… …   English World dictionary

  • allopathy — allopathic /al euh path ik/, adj. allopathically, adv. /euh lop euh thee/, n. the method of treating disease by the use of agents that produce effects different from those of the disease treated (opposed to homeopathy). [1835 45; < G Allopathie.… …   Universalium

  • allopathy — noun a) traditional medicine b) a traditional medical method or treatment …   Wiktionary

  • ALLOPATHY —    in opposition to homoeopathy, the treatment of disease by producing a condition of the system different from or opposite to the condition essential to the disease to be cured …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • allopathy — see HOMEOPATHY …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • allopathy — al·lop·a·thy || É™ lÉ’pəθɪ n. treatment of diseases using substances that cause different effects from that of the disease itself …   English contemporary dictionary

  • allopathy — [ə lɒpəθi] noun the treatment of disease by conventional means, i.e. with drugs having effects opposite to the symptoms. Often contrasted with homeopathy. Derivatives allopath noun allopathic adjective allopathist noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • allopathy — n. Heteropathy …   New dictionary of synonyms

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