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Galen Syllabification: Ga·len
Pronunciation: /ˈɡālən/

Definition of Galen in English:

(129–199), Greek physician; full name Claudios Galenos; Latin name Claudius Galenus. While attempting to systematize medicine, he made important discoveries in anatomy and physiology.


Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
Example sentences
  • It is essentially in the form of Galenism that Greek medicine was transmitted to the Renaissance scholars.
  • This anatomical atlas, although drawn from dissection, did not reject Galenism as did the Fabrica of Vesalius.
  • In doing so he destroyed the foundation of the whole teaching of Galenism and the belief in its authority, and paved the way for the free investigation of nature.
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  • Furthermore, one positive feature of Galenist medicine was its reliance on the mind-body unity.
  • He was a Galenist whose philosophic contributions were more innovative than his medicine.
  • In the interval between 1536 and 1543, Vesalius became so estranged from his Galenist past that his teachers suffered a kind of damnatio memoriae.
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