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[ther-uh-pyoo-tiks] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of medicine concerned with the remedial treatment of disease.
Origin of therapeutics
First recorded in 1665-75; See origin at therapeutic, -ics


[ther-uh-pyoo-tik] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk/
adjective, Also, therapeutical
of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative.
a therapeutic substance.
1535-45; < New Latin therapeuticus < Greek therapeutikós, equivalent to therapeú(ein) to attend, treat medically (akin to therápōn attendant) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
therapeutically, adverb
nontherapeutic, adjective
nontherapeutical, adjective
nontherapeutically, adverb
untherapeutic, adjective
untherapeutical, adjective
untherapeutically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for therapeutics
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  • I confess that, until very recently, I shared the common impression regarding the utility of vivisection in therapeutics.

    Vivisection Albert Leffingwell
  • In her therapeutics there is nothing new except its extremeness.

  • He was as wise with regard to medical ethics as therapeutics.

  • Calaxian calm-crystals did what no refinement of Terran therapeutics had been able to manage.

    Traders Risk Roger Dee
  • Thus much for those studies that make your therapeutics rational.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • The Child sniffed at therapeutics, chewed a thumb, and wailed for her Betsy.

  • These considerations suggest a vast field of inquiry in biology, pathology, and therapeutics.

    The Mechanism of Life Stphane Leduc
  • The whole science of therapeutics is based upon this discovery.

    A Plea for the Criminal James Leslie Allan Kayll
  • His therapeutics were simple and salutary, because of his renunciation of venesection, which was much abused in his day.

British Dictionary definitions for therapeutics


(functioning as sing) the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease


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 therapeutics



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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therapeutics in Medicine

therapeutics ther·a·peu·tics (thěr'ə-pyōō'tĭks)
Medical treatment of disease; the art or science of healing.

ther'a·peu'tist n.

therapeutic ther·a·peu·tic (thěr'ə-pyōō'tĭk) or ther·a·peu·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)

  1. Having or exhibiting healing powers.

  2. Of or relating to therapeutics.

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