Definition of Unani in English:

Unani

noun

  • [usually as modifier] A system of medicine practiced in parts of India, thought to be derived via medieval Muslim physicians from Byzantine Greece. It is sometimes contrasted with the Ayurvedic system.

    • ‘Mohandas has been appointed as Secretary in the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.’
    • ‘Organised jointly by the Central Unani Tibbi Board and the National Social Welfare and Educational Organisation a free Unani medical camp was held here recently.’
    • ‘There are also Ayurvedic and Unani doctors, and quacks, which add to the list, charging between Rs 100 and Rs 1000.’
    • ‘Many ‘Thangals’ and ‘Beevis’ of Malappuram and other Malabar districts illegally practice the Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine.’
    • ‘Ayurveda and Siddha originated in India more than 3000 years ago, while Unani medicine was brought into the country by Arabs in the 14th century.’

Origin

From Arabic Yūnāni Greek.

Pronunciation:

Unani

/yo͞oˈnänē/