Law of similars

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si·mi·li·a si·mil·i·bus cur·an·tur

(si-mil'ē-ă si-mil'i-bŭs kŭr-an'tĕr),
The homeopathic concept expressing the law of similars (literally, "likes are cured by likes"), the doctrine that any drug capable of producing morbid symptoms in the healthy will remove similar symptoms occurring as an expression of disease. Another reading of the concept, employed by Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, is similia similibus curentur, "let likes be cured by likes."

law of similars

Homeopathy
A guiding principle of homeopathy which states that any substance causing a morbid process will, when diluted (a process known as potentisation) serve to cure that same condition.

si·mi·li·a si·mil·i·bus cur·an·tur

(si-mil'ē-ă si-mil'i-bŭs kū-ran'tūr)
The homeopathic formula expressing the law of similars, the doctrine that any drug capable of producing morbid symptoms in the healthy will remove similar symptoms occurring as an expression of disease. Another reading of the formula, employed by Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, is similia similibus curentur, let likes be cured by likes.
[L. likes are cured by likes]

Law of similars

The basic principle of homeopathic medicine that governs the selection of a specific remedy. It holds that a substance of natural origin that produces certain symptoms in a healthy person will cure those same symptoms in a sick person.

law

1. natural law; a uniform or constant fact or principle in nature.
2. legal law; the laws of persons, developed so that social contacts between individuals can be managed on a basis of mutual understanding and agreement.

adversarial law (2) system
arguments are settled by having each opponent, one of whom is often the state, argue his/her case before a court, which decides the outcome, often on the basis of precedent in previous similar cases.
law (1) of the circle
the radiographic principle on which localization of a radioopaque foreign body can be specified exactly. It depends on taking the x-rays at right angles to each other, a ventrodorsal and a lateral.
civil law (2)
see inquisitorial law (below).
common law (2)
the law of common usage, in which principles are derived from case law and the judgments made in actual cases.
English law (2)
the original common law system.
law (1) of independent assortment
the members of gene pairs segregate independently during meiosis. See also mendel's laws.
inquisitorial law (2) system
the basis of Roman law. The court questions each of the adversaries in an argument and decides the outcome on the basis of the code layed down.
law (1) of mass action
the rate of a reversible reaction, in either direction, is proportional to the concentrations of the reacting substances.
private law (2)
law relating to the conduct of individuals, e.g. contract, divorce, matrimonial, property law.
public law (2)
the law relating to group conduct, especially the state and its criminal, industrial and constitutional law, but also corporation law.
Roman law (2)
law by application of an elaborate written code, the basis for most European law. It is an inquisitorial law system.
law (1) of segregation
in each generation the ratio of (1) pure dominants, (2) dominants giving descendants in the proportion of three dominants to one recessive, and (3) pure recessives is 1:2:1. This ratio follows from the fact that the two alleles of a gene cannot be a part of a single gamete, but must segregate to different gametes. See also mendel's laws.
law of Similars
the defining principle of homeopathy; substances that produce symptoms in disease can be used to treat diseases with those symptoms.
statute law (2)
that part of an English law system that is set down in statutes or law established by Act of Parliament of the day.