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  1. A practitioner of allopathy


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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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allopath in German: Allopathie
allopath in Spanish: Alopatía
allopath in French: Allopathie
allopath in Italian: Allopatia
allopath in Dutch: Allopathie
allopath in Japanese: 対症療法
allopath in Polish: Alopatia
allopath in Portuguese: Alopatia
allopath in Romanian: Alopatie
allopath in Russian: Аллопатия
allopath in Slovak: Alopatia
allopath in Urdu: معالجۂ اخلافیہ
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