treatment of disease, especially of the skin, by means of light rays.

Origin of phototherapy

First recorded in 1895–1900; photo- + therapy
Related formspho·to·the·rap·ic [foh-toh-thuh-rap-ik] /ˌfoʊ toʊ θəˈræp ɪk/, adjectivepho·to·ther·a·pist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phototherapy

Historical Examples of phototherapy

  • Hence there has arisen in medicine a vast and most interesting chapter of phototherapy.

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

British Dictionary definitions for phototherapy


phototherapeutics (ˌfəʊtəʊˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪks)


(functioning as singular) the use of light in the treatment of disease
Derived Formsphototherapeutic, adjectivephototherapeutically, adverb
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phototherapy in Medicine




The treatment of a disorder, especially of the skin, by exposure to light, including ultraviolet and infrared radiation.light treatment
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