allopathy[ə läp′ə t̸hē]
Origin of allopathyGerman allopathie (see allo- and amp; -pathy), after Classical Greek allopatheia, subjection to external influences
Origin of allopathyGerman Allopathie : Greek allos, other; see allo– + Greek -patheia, suffering; see –pathy.
(countable and uncountable, plural allopathies)
- (uncountable) traditional medicine
- (countable) a traditional medical method or treatment.
- (figuratively) organized medicine
- Used principally to distinguish it from homeopathy (USA, UK, EU), especially in the literature of homeopathy; also connoting the law of opposites.
- In the United States, the term is sometimes used to distinguish MDs from DOs (osteopathic physicians), usually in discussions of medical education.
- In India, used principally to distinguish "Western medicine" from Ayurveda, especially when comparing treatments and drugs.
allo- + -pathy – term coined by Samuel Hahnemann (the founder of homeopathy) as a pejorative term to indicate medicine that in his opinion treated something "other than" the disharmony that caused the disease. James C. Whorton – Nature Cures: The History of Alternative Medicine in America