alternative medicine

alternative medicine
noun Date: 1977 any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as chiropractic, homeopathy, or faith healing) not included in the traditional medical curricula taught in the United States and Britain

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  • alternative medicine — n any of various systems of healing or treating disease (as homeopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, Ayurveda, or faith healing) that are not included in the traditional curricula taught in medical schools of the U.S. and Britain * * * see… …   Medical dictionary

  • Alternative medicine — Alternative medical systems …   Wikipedia

  • alternative medicine — ► NOUN ▪ therapy regarded as unorthodox by the medical profession, e.g. herbalism …   English terms dictionary

  • alternative medicine — health care and treatment practices, including traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, folk medicine, and naturopathy, that minimize or eschew the use of surgery and drugs. * * * or complementary medicine Any of a broad range of healing… …   Universalium

  • alternative medicine — noun the practice of medicine without the use of drugs; may involve herbal medicines or self awareness or biofeedback or acupuncture • Hypernyms: ↑medicine, ↑practice of medicine • Hyponyms: ↑herbal medicine * * * alˌternative ˈmedicine 7… …   Useful english dictionary

  • alternative medicine — /ɔlˌtɜnətɪv ˈmɛdəsən/ (say awl.ternuhtiv meduhsuhn) noun 1. the range of practices and treatments, often based on traditional remedies, which fall outside the scope of mainstream medicine. 2. a practice or treatment which is considered to be part …   Australian English dictionary

  • alternative medicine — noun (U) one of the ways of treating illnesses that is not based on Western scientific methods: Homeopathy is a popular form of alternative medicine …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • alternative medicine — Practices used instead of standard treatments. They generally are not recognized by the medical community as standard or conventional medical approaches. Alternative medicine includes dietary supplements, megadose vitamins, herbal preparations,… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • alternative medicine — al,ternative medicine noun uncount medical treatment using methods that are different from the usual Western scientific methods, for example HOMEOPATHY and ACUPUNCTURE => COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • alternative medicine — alter′native med′icine n. med hlc health care and treatment practices, including traditional Chinese medicine, chiropractic, folk medicine, and naturopathy, that minimize or eschew the use of surgery and drugs • Etymology: 1980–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • alternative medicine — noun any of various medical methods and practices used in place of, or as well as, conventional medicine …   Wiktionary

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