orthomolecular

L.C. Pauling term denoting a therapeutic approach designed to provide an optimum molecular environment for body functions, with particular reference to the optimum concentrations of substances normally present in the human body, whether formed endogenously or ingested.

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or·tho·mo·lec·u·lar .ȯr-thə-mə-'lek-yə-lər adj relating to, based on, using, or being a theory according to which disease may be cured by providing the optimum amounts of substances (as vitamins) normally present in the body <\orthomolecular therapy> <\orthomolecular psychiatry>

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or·tho·mo·lec·u·lar (or″tho-mo-lekґu-lər) [ortho- + molecular] relating to or aimed at restoring the optimal concentrations and functions at the molecular level of the substances (e.g., vitamins) normally present in the body. See also under medicine and psychiatry.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • orthomolecular — adjective Date: 1968 relating to, based on, using, or being a theory according to which disease may be cured by providing the optimum amounts of substances (as vitamins) normally present in the body < orthomolecular therapy > < orthomolecular… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • orthomolecular — /ɔθoʊməˈlɛkjələ/ (say awthohmuh lekyuhluh) adjective of or relating to orthomolecular medicine: orthomolecular nutrition …   Australian English dictionary

  • orthomolecular — adjective designating or relating to a form of treatment of mental disorders that seeks to restore biochemical balance in the body with large doses of vitamins and minerals orthomolecular medicine orthomolecular therapy • Similar to: ↑healthful …   Useful english dictionary

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  • orthomolecular — adjective relating to the theory that mental illness is the result of chemical deficiencies, and can be cured with vitamins and the like …   Wiktionary

  • orthomolecular — [ˌɔ:θə(ʊ)mə lɛkjʊlə] adjective denoting or relating to a form of medical treatment that seeks to achieve optimal biochemical balance in the body, especially by using large doses of vitamins …   English new terms dictionary

  • orthomolecular — or·tho·molecular …   English syllables

  • orthomolecular — or•tho•mo•lec•u•lar [[t]ˌɔr θoʊ məˈlɛk yə lər[/t]] adj. med hlc being or pertaining to the treatment of disease by increasing, decreasing, or otherwise controlling the intake of natural substances, esp. vitamins • Etymology: 1965–70 …   From formal English to slang

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