Definition of hydropathy in English:

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hydropathy

Pronunciation: /hīˈdräpəTHē/

noun

The treatment of illness through the use of water, either internally or through external means such as steam baths (not now a part of orthodox medicine). Compare with hydrotherapy.
Example sentences
  • He turned to hydropathy, a Victorian medical fashion in which a patient is given cold showers, steam baths, and wrappings in wet sheets.
  • 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.
  • It jumped from a small local spa to a national one in the middle of the 19th cent. with the popularity of hydropathy.

Derivatives

hydropathic

Pronunciation: /ˌhīdrəˈpaTHik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • She continued her medical lectures and began offering her own hydropathic treatments.
  • He subjected himself uncritically to nonsensical and unpleasant hydropathic ‘cures’.
  • In the 19th century this pudding seems to have been known as ‘hydropathic pudding’ because it was served at health resorts where pastry was forbidden.

hydropathist

Pronunciation: /-THist/
noun
Example sentences
  • Above all, the hydropathists reminded us of the inseparable relationship that exists between good health and pure water.
  • We emerge, spluttering and gasping from a genuine cold salt-water bath, such as the hydropathists have no idea of.
  • Other alternatives included herbalist doctors, who only used plants and plant extracts in their treatments, and hydropathists, who promoted water cures.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from hydro- 'of water', on the pattern of allopathy and homeopathy.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hy·drop·a·thy

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