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ho·lism

(hō'lizm),
1. The principle that an organism, or one of its actions, is not equal to merely the sum of its parts but must be perceived or studied as a whole.
2. The approach to the study of a psychological phenomenon through the analysis of a phenomenon as a complete entity in itself. Compare: atomism.
[G. holos, entire]

holism

/hol·ism/ (hōl´izm) the conception of man as a functioning whole.holis´tic

holism

(hō′lĭz′əm)
n.
1. The theory that living matter or reality is made up of organic or unified wholes that are greater than the simple sum of their parts.
2. A holistic investigation or system of treatment.

ho′list n.

holism

[hō′lizəm]
Etymology: Gk, holos, whole
a philosophical concept in which an entity is seen as more than the sum of its parts. Holism is prominent in current approaches to psychology; biology; nursing; medicine; and other scientific, sociological, and educational fields of study and practice. Also spelled wholism.

holism

Psychiatry An approach to the study of the individual in totality, rather than as an aggregate of separate physiologic, psychologic, and social characteristics

ho·lism

(hō'lizm)
1. Principle that an organism, or one of its actions, is not equal to merely the sum of its parts but must be perceived or studied as a whole.
2. The approach to the study of a psychological phenomenon through analysis as a complete entity in itself.
[G. holos, entire]

holism (hōˑ·li·zm),

n 1. the characteristic of being whole, complete, interconnected, indivisible, ordered. In medicine the concept is used to address the entire individual and context rather than focusing only on a part or diagnosis.
2. in biology, the concept according to which the sum of a phenomenon or system cannot be measured, reduced, or observed at the level below that of the entire system.
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According to the results of the SPQ, the participants were furthermore classified into Holists and Serialists.
The Scientific Doctor" reveals Lawrence's indebtedness to crisis-of-medicine discourse, compressing within its four lines many of the observations made by 1920s holists.
The hole in the Bay has already been deepened and a huge private party was held down there last night to celebrate this great new breakthrough for Holists everywhere.
Scored more highly as holists on the Study Preference Questionnaire.
Holists claim, by contrast, that invention is market-driven: market demands and inventor supplies.
The ethical holist would have us extend moral standing to ecosystems in part because ecosystems have been given certain sorts of special characteristics by natural selection--they manifest the balance of nature.
In symmetry with holists, constructivists address the question as to how students learn by focusing on how each individual constructs knowledge in a social setting.
Their article reveals many ways in which writers have tried to categorize different cognitive styles; for example some distinguish between verbalizers and visualizers, or between converging and diverging, or between what one author calls serialists and holists.
Having rejected biotic egalitarianism, however, Jonas would not join the camp of radical ecocentric holists either, for they contend that nature has moral worth regardless of whether human beings are on the scene.
No matter what holists or Christians or anyone else does, suffering will always be sufficiently abundant that no one should make a cult of it or encourage wallowing in it.
Holists, with great profundity, inform us that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and so the reductionist view must be discarded.
Within the area of cognitive styles, differences between Holists and Serialists have been paid attention.