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homeopathy

Pronunciation: ho'me-op'a-the

Definition: A system of therapy developed by Samuel Hahnemann based on the “law of similia,” from the aphorism, similia similibus curantur (likes are cured by likes), which holds that a medicinal substance that can evoke certain symptoms in healthy people may be effective in the treatment of illnesses having similar symptoms, if given in very small doses.

[homeo- + G. pathos, suffering]

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