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adjective Also ther·a·peu·ti·cal.
  1. of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative.
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  1. 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
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
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Examples from the Web for therapeutically

Historical Examples

  • Therapeutically they use it with honey, locally for sore throat.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

    T. H. Pardo de Tavera

  • The most valuable preparation, therapeutically, ever offered.

  • Therapeutically, there is nothing that could be more beneficial to the human system.

    Valere Aude

    Louis Dechmann

  • Digitalis has been found to produce partial to complete heart block when therapeutically administered.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:

    Louis Marshall Warfield

  • All the beasts are therapeutically useful to man, but few more so than Asinus, the Ass.

British Dictionary definitions for therapeutically


  1. of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative
  2. serving or performed to maintain healththerapeutic abortion
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Derived Formstherapeutically, adverb

Word Origin

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 therapeutically



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

therapeutically in Medicine


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