orthomolecular

/awr'thoh meuh lek"yeuh leuhr/, adj.
being or pertaining to the treatment of disease by increasing, decreasing, or otherwise controlling the intake of natural substances, esp. vitamins. Cf. megavitamin (def. 1).
[1965-70; ORTHO- + MOLECULAR, referring to "the provision of the optimum molecular environment for the mind," according to term's originator, Linus Pauling]

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  • orthomolecular — adjective Date: 1968 relating to, based on, using, or being a theory according to which disease may be cured by providing the optimum amounts of substances (as vitamins) normally present in the body < orthomolecular therapy > < orthomolecular… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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