treatment of a symptom, disease, or addiction by means of hypnotism.

Origin of hypnotherapy

First recorded in 1895–1900; hypno- + therapy
Related formshyp·no·ther·a·pist, noun
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Related Words for hypnotherapy

fascination, suggestion, hypnosis, mesmerism, autohypnosis

Examples from the Web for hypnotherapy

Contemporary Examples of hypnotherapy

Historical Examples of hypnotherapy

  • The somnambulistic state is necessary in hypnotherapy when there is a need for the patient to relive some traumatic episode.

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotherapy



the use of hypnosis in the treatment of emotional and psychogenic problems
Derived Formshypnotherapist, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypnotherapy

1897, from hypno- + therapy. Related: Hypnotherapist.

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hypnotherapy in Medicine




Therapy using hypnosis, especially for chronic pain.
Treatment of disease by inducing prolonged sleep.
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