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therapy

[ther-uh-pee]
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noun, plural ther·a·pies.
  1. the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process: speech therapy.
  2. a curative power or quality.
  3. psychotherapy.
  4. any act, hobby, task, program, etc., that relieves tension.
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Origin of therapy

1840–50; < New Latin therapīa < Greek therapeía healing (akin to therápōn attendant)
Related formsself-ther·a·py, noun, plural self·-ther·a·pies.
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Related Words for therapy

medicine, remedy, cure, healing, analysis, therapeutics

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British Dictionary definitions for therapy

therapy

noun plural -pies
    1. the treatment of physical, mental, or social disorders or disease
    2. (in combination)physiotherapy; electrotherapy
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Word Origin for therapy

C19: from New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia attendance; see therapeutic
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Word Origin and History for therapy

n.

1846, "medical treatment of disease," from Modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia "curing, healing," from therapeuein "to cure, treat medically," literally "attend, do service, take care of;" related to therapon "servant, attendant."

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therapy in Medicine

therapy

(thĕrə-pē)
n.
  1. The treatment of illness or disability.
  2. Psychotherapy.
  3. A healing power or quality.
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therapy in Culture

therapy

Treatment intended to cure or alleviate an illness or injury, whether physical or mental.

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