An example of holism is a theory that believes you cannot break things down to study them, but instead that everything has to be understood in relation to the whole or the sum of its parts.
Origin of holismhol(o)- + -ism
- The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts.
- A holistic investigation or system of treatment.
(countable and uncountable, plural holisms)
- A theory or belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
- A practice based on such theory or belief.
From hol- (“whole, entire, total”) + -ism.
- a form of addiction, either physical dependency or obsessive dependency.
The term "-holism" is not an accepted medical term, but is a fairly prominent neologism.
From alcoholism, one of the first addictions to be widely identified both medically and socially.
It should be noted that the word alcoholism is broken up into the root, "alcohol", and the suffix "-ism", not "alco" and "-holism". The suffix "-holism" is thus a result of false splitting.