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allopathic adj : of or relating to the practice of allopathy; "allopathic remedies" [ant: homeopathic]

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  1. Of or pertaining to allopathy

Extensive Definition

Allopathic medicine and allopathy (from Greek ἄλλος, állos, other, different + πάϑος, páthos, suffering) are terms coined by Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy. Originally intended as a characterization of standard medicine in the early 19th century, these terms were rejected by mainstream physicians and quickly acquired negative undertones. In the United States the term "allopathic" has been used in contexts not related to homeopathy, but it has never been accepted by the medical establishment, and is not a label that such individuals apply to themselves.
In the United States, allopathic medicine can sometimes refer to the medical training that leads to the degree Doctor of Medicine rather than the degree Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. See comparison of MD and DO in the United States.
Outside the United States, allopathic medicine generally refers to "the broad category of medical practice that is sometimes called Western medicine, biomedicine, scientific medicine, or modern medicine." See medicine.
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allopathic in German: Allopathie
allopathic in Spanish: Alopatía
allopathic in French: Allopathie
allopathic in Italian: Allopatia
allopathic in Dutch: Allopathie
allopathic in Japanese: 対症療法
allopathic in Polish: Alopatia
allopathic in Portuguese: Alopatia
allopathic in Romanian: Alopatie
allopathic in Russian: Аллопатия
allopathic in Slovak: Alopatia
allopathic in Urdu: معالجۂ اخلافیہ
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