the method of treating disease by the use of agents that produce effects different from those of the disease treated (opposed to ).
Contemporary Examples

The pesky hanger-on evidently possessed an understanding of my immune system that allopathic medicine has yet to match.
An Epidemic of Absence: Destroying the Bugs in Our Bodies Can Be Dangerous to Our Health Moises Velasquez-Manoff September 8, 2012

Historical Examples

The best way to settle the quarrel between capital and labor is by allopathic doses of Peter-Cooperism.
How to Succeed Orison Swett Marden

We’ll give ’em medicine in allopathic doses, and it will be a case of ‘kill or cure.’
Bert Wilson on the Gridiron J. W. Duffield

The following selections from the allopathic works will prove what is above stated.
The American Reformed Cattle Doctor George Dadd

But up to seven I lived exclusively on allopathic medicines.
Mark Twain’s Speeches Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

There are about one hundred women physicians in the State, seventy-five allopathic and the rest belonging to other schools.
The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV Various

That comes of avoiding all allopathic messes like the devil.
Lady Rose’s Daughter Mrs. Humphry Ward

Witness Job, whose wife had nothing to prescribe for his carbuncles but allopathic doses of profanity!
The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage

Pneumonia followed; physicians came with torments of plasters and allopathic dosings that brought no relief.
Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete Albert Bigelow Paine

Benninghausen is an admirable example of the application of the allopathic principle to penology.
The Vagrancy Problem. William Harbutt Dawson

of, relating to, or used in allopathy
the orthodox medical method of treating disease, by inducing a condition different from or opposed to the cause of the disease Compare homeopathy

1830, from French allopathique (see allopathy). Related: Allopathically.

1842, “treatment of disease by remedies that produce effects opposite to the symptoms,” from German Allopathie (Hahnemann), from Greek allos “other” (see alias) + -patheia, “suffering, disease, feeling” (see -pathy). The term applied by homeopathists to traditional medicine.

allopathy al·lop·a·thy (ə-lŏp’ə-thē)
A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects antagonistic to those caused by the disease itself.
al’lo·path’ic (āl’ə-pāth’ĭk) adj.


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