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homeopathy Syllabification: ho·me·op·a·thy
Pronunciation: /ˌhōmēˈäpəTHē/
(British homoeopathy)

Definition of homeopathy in English:


The treatment of disease by minute doses of natural substances that in a healthy person would produce symptoms of disease. Often contrasted with allopathy.
Example sentences
  • He practises a multi-therapy system using acupuncture with homoeopathy and nutritional therapy to treat chronic diseases.
  • For this reason, many people turn to complementary therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal remedies.
  • In homeopathy, dosage is minute and symptoms are meant to intensify as part of the self-healing process.


Early 19th century: coined in German from Greek homoios 'like' + patheia (see -pathy).

Words that rhyme with homeopathy

encephalopathy, osteopathy

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