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  1. a person trained in the use of physical methods, as exercises, heat treatments, etc., in treating or rehabilitating the sick or wounded or helping patients overcome physical defects.
  2. a person trained in the use of psychological methods for helping patients overcome psychological problems.
  3. Also ther·a·peu·tist [ther-uh-pyoo-tist] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪst/. a person, as a doctor, skilled in therapeutics.

Origin of therapist

First recorded in 1885–90; therap(y) + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for therapist


  1. a person skilled in a particular type of therapya physical therapist
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Word Origin and History for therapist

1886, from therapy + -ist; earlier was therapeutist (1816). Especially of psychotherapy practitioners from c.1930s.

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therapist in Medicine


  1. One who specializes in the provision of a particular therapy.
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