Definition of Unani in US English:



  • 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.

    • ‘Many ‘Thangals’ and ‘Beevis’ of Malappuram and other Malabar districts illegally practice the Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine.’
    • ‘There are also Ayurvedic and Unani doctors, and quacks, which add to the list, charging between Rs 100 and Rs 1000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mohandas has been appointed as Secretary in the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.’


From Arabic Yūnāni ‘Greek’.