[ ther-uh-pist ]
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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.

  1. Also ther·a·peu·tist [ther-uh-pyoo-tist]. /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪst/. a person, as a doctor, skilled in therapeutics.

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Origin of therapist

First recorded in 1885–90; therap(y) + -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for therapist


/ (ˈθɛrəpɪst) /

  1. a person skilled in a particular type of therapy: a physical therapist

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