conventional medicine

Pronunciation: (kun-VEN-shuh-nul MEH-dih-sin)

A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. Also called allopathic medicine, biomedicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, and Western medicine.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-02-21 Date last modified: 2007-06-19