therapeutic [ther- uh- pyoo-tik] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com adjective Also ther·a·peu·ti·cal. of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative. Origin of therapeutic 1535–45;
New Latin therapeuticus
) to attend, treat medically (akin to
-tikos -tic Related forms ther·a·peu·ti·cal·ly, adverb non·ther·a·peu·tic, adjective non·ther·a·peu·ti·cal, adjective non·ther·a·peu·ti·cal·ly, adverb un·ther·a·peu·tic, adjective un·ther·a·peu·ti·cal, adjective un·ther·a·peu·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for nontherapeutic of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative serving or performed to maintain health therapeutic abortion Derived Forms therapeutically, adverb Word Origin
C17: from New Latin
therapeuticus, from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to minister to, from theraps an attendant
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Word Origin and History for nontherapeutic therapeutic adj.
pertaining to the healing of disease, 1640s, probably shortened from
therapeutical (c.1600), from Modern Latin therapeuticus "curing, healing," from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeutes "one ministering," from therapeutein "to cure, treat," of unknown origin, related to therapon (genitive therapontos) "attendant." Therapeutic was used from 1540s as a noun meaning "the branch of medicine concerned with treatment of disease."
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nontherapeutic in Medicine therapeutic (thĕr′ə-pyōō ′tĭk) Having or exhibiting healing powers. Of or relating to therapeutics.
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