therapist

[ ther-uh-pist ]
/ ˈθɛr ə pɪst /

noun

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.
a person trained in the use of psychological methods for helping patients overcome psychological problems.
Also ther·a·peu·tist [ther-uh-pyoo-tist] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪst/. a person, as a doctor, skilled in therapeutics.

Nearby words

  1. therapeutic crisis,
  2. therapeutic index,
  3. therapeutic ratio,
  4. therapeutic virus,
  5. therapeutics,
  6. therapsid,
  7. therapy,
  8. theravada,
  9. theravadin,
  10. therblig

Origin of therapist

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

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British Dictionary definitions for therapist

therapist

/ (ˈθɛrəpɪst) /

noun

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

therapist

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for therapist

therapist

[ thĕrə-pĭst ]

n.

One who specializes in the provision of a particular therapy.

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