Definition of holistic in US English:



  • 1Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.

    • ‘If so, a paradigm shift to the holistic approach might be managed.’
    • ‘I think where Chaos and Complexity theory are really going, is, a holistic understanding of the universe.’
    • ‘We will all need to get beyond our individual narrow interests and begin to develop a holistic solution that works for everyone.’
    • ‘These two books bring a holistic approach to the analysis of transport and transport networks.’
    • ‘Moreover, holistic method has proved useful in the hard sciences, for example in the geological theory of plate tectonics.’
    1. 1.1Medicine Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
      • ‘These clinics also employ holistic approaches to cancer treatment such as meditation, visualisation, massage and so on.’
      • ‘The following case study demonstrates how she combines all these areas to offer an holistic approach to treatment.’
      • ‘They offer a holistic approach to cancer care, which helps the whole family, not just the sufferer.’
      • ‘Our local strategy is based on a holistic view of health care that integrates primary, intermediate, and secondary care.’
      • ‘We believe that recovery is a process that heals the whole person therefore, we take a holistic approach to treatment.’