therapeutic

[ ther-uh-pyoo-tik ]
/ ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk /

adjective Also ther·a·peu·ti·cal.

of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative.

noun

a therapeutic substance.

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Origin of therapeutic

1535–45; < New Latin therapeuticus < Greek therapeutikós, equivalent to therapeú(ein) to attend, treat medically (akin to therápōn attendant) + -tikos -tic

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British Dictionary definitions for therapeutic

therapeutic
/ (ˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative
serving or performed to maintain healththerapeutic abortion

Derived forms of therapeutic

therapeutically, adverb

Word Origin for therapeutic

C17: from New Latin therapeuticus, from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to minister to, from theraps an attendant
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Medical definitions for therapeutic

therapeutic
[ thĕr′ə-pyōōtĭk ]

adj.

Having or exhibiting healing powers.
Of or relating to therapeutics.
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