adjective Also ther·a·peu·ti·cal.

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


a therapeutic substance.

Origin of therapeutic

1535–45; < New Latin therapeuticus < Greek therapeutikós, equivalent to therapeú(ein) to attend, treat medically (akin to therápōn attendant) + -tikos -tic
Related formsther·a·peu·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·ther·a·peu·tic, adjectivenon·ther·a·peu·ti·cal, adjectivenon·ther·a·peu·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·ther·a·peu·tic, adjectiveun·ther·a·peu·ti·cal, adjectiveun·ther·a·peu·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative
serving or performed to maintain healththerapeutic abortion
Derived Formstherapeutically, 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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Word Origin and History for therapeutic

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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therapeutic in Medicine




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