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Definition of holism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the idea that the whole of something must be considered in order to understand its different parts compare atomism
  2. 2the idea that the whole of a sick person, including their body, mind, and way of life, should be considered when treating them, and not just the symptoms (= effects) of the disease
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: holism