Ayurveda Definitions

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Ayurveda Definitions and Related Terms

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Ayurveda Word Origin & History


1917, “pertaining to traditional Hindu science of medicine,” from ayurveda “science of life,” from ayur “life” + veda “knowledge.”
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper


Ayurveda Medical Dictionary Definition*
[from Sanskrit, from ayur life + veda knowledge]**


[ah-yer-vey-duh, -vee-]
the ancient Hindu art of medicine and of prolonging life.

Function: n
: a form of alternative medicine that is the traditional system of medicine of India, that preceded and evolved independently of Western medicine, and that seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach especially by emphasizing diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy
Ay·ur·ve·dic Pronunciation: /-ik/
Function: adj
Ay·ur·ve·dist Pronunciation: /-?st/
Function: n
Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary, © 2007 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


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