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[ther-uh-pee] /ˈθɛr ə pi/
noun, plural therapies.
the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process:
speech therapy.
a curative power or quality.
any act, hobby, task, program, etc., that relieves tension.
Origin of therapy
1840-50; < New Latin therapīa < Greek therapeía healing (akin to therápōn attendant)
Related forms
self-therapy, noun, plural self-therapies. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -pies
  1. the treatment of physical, mental, or social disorders or disease
  2. (in combination): physiotherapy, electrotherapy
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia attendance; see therapeutic
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Word Origin and History for therapy

1846, "medical treatment of disease," from Modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia "curing, healing," from therapeuein "to cure, treat medically," literally "attend, do service, take care of;" related to therapon "servant, attendant."

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therapy in Medicine

therapy ther·a·py (thěr'ə-pē)

  1. The treatment of illness or disability.

  2. Psychotherapy.

  3. A healing power or quality.

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therapy in Culture

therapy definition

Treatment intended to cure or alleviate an illness or injury, whether physical or mental.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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greyhound therapy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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