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treatment of diseases using substances that cause different effects from that of the disease itself


Any system or mode of medical practice distinguished by the application of agents expected to have effects different from those of the disease; the predecessor of biomedicine.

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 by the special disease treated; -- a term invented by hahnemann to designate the ordinary practice, as opposed to homeopathy. [


Allopathic medicine is an expression commonly used by homeopaths and proponents of other forms of alternative medicine to refer to mainstream medical use of pharmacologically active agents or physical interventions to treat or suppress symptoms or pathophysiologic processes of diseases or conditions. The expression was coined in 1810 by the creator of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843). In such circles, the expression "allopathic medicine" is still used to refer to "the broad category of medical practice that is sometimes called Western medicine, biomedicine, evidence-based medicine, or modern medicine" (see the article on scientific medicine).

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Noun
1. the usual method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects differing from those produced by the disease itself
(antonym) homeopathy, homoeopathy
(hypernym) medical care, medical aid


"Western medicine." A therapeutic system in which illness or disease is treated by producing a second condition that is antagonistic toward or incompatible with the first (e.g., an antibiotic drug is given to treat infection with a microorganism).

A method of treating disease with remedies  that produce effects different from those caused by the disease itself.

noun
treatment of a condition using drugs which produce opposite symptoms to those of the condition
compare HOMEOPATHY


(n.)
That system of medical practice which aims to combat disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the special disease treated; -- a term invented by Hahnemann to designate the ordinary practice, as opposed to homeopathy.
  


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