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.

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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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Medical definitions for therapist

therapist
[ thĕrə-pĭst ]

n.

One who specializes in the provision of a particular therapy.
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