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View in Spanish: Centro Nacional de Medicina Complementaria y Alternativa

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NA-shuh-nul SEN-ter KOM-pleh-MEN-tuh-ree all-TER-nuh-tiv MEH-dih-sin)
A federal agency that uses science to explore complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices, trains CAM researchers, and provides authoritative information about CAM to professionals and the public. NCCAM awards grants for research projects, training, and career development in CAM; sponsors conferences, educational programs, and exhibits; studies ways to use proven CAM practices along with conventional medical practice; and supports adding CAM to medical, dental, and nursing school programs. NCCAM is part of the National Institutes of Health. Also called NCCAM.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.