Western medicine

Pronunciation: (WES-tern 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, conventional medicine, mainstream medicine, and orthodox medicine.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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