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holism

Pronunciation: ho'lizm

Definition:

  1. The principle that an organism, or one of its actions, is not equal to merely the sum of its parts but must be perceived or studied as a whole.
  2. The approach to the study of a psychological phenomenon through the analysis of a phenomenon as a complete entity in itself.

[G. holos, entire]

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