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therapeutics

[ther-uh-pyoo-tiks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of medicine concerned with the remedial treatment of disease.
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Origin of therapeutics

First recorded in 1665–75; see origin at therapeutic, -ics

therapeutic

[ther-uh-pyoo-tik]
adjective Also ther·a·peu·ti·cal.
  1. of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative.
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noun
  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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British Dictionary definitions for therapeutics

therapeutics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease
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therapeutic

adjective
  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 therapeutics

therapeutic

adj.

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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therapeutics in Medicine

therapeutics

(thĕr′ə-pyōōtĭks)
n.
  1. Medical treatment of disease; the art or science of healing.
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Related formsther′a•peutist n.

therapeutic

(thĕr′ə-pyōōtĭk)
adj.
  1. Having or exhibiting healing powers.
  2. Of or relating to therapeutics.
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