[ ther-uh-pee ]
/ ˈθɛr ə pi /

noun, plural ther·a·pies.

the treatment of disease or disorders, as by some remedial, rehabilitating, or curative process: speech therapy.
a curative power or quality.
any act, hobby, task, program, etc., that relieves tension.

Nearby words

  1. therapeutic ratio,
  2. therapeutic virus,
  3. therapeutics,
  4. therapist,
  5. therapsid,
  6. theravada,
  7. theravadin,
  8. therblig,
  9. there,
  10. there are plenty of fish in the sea

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for therapy


/ (ˈθɛrəpɪ) /

noun plural -pies

  1. the treatment of physical, mental, or social disorders or disease
  2. (in combination)physiotherapy; electrotherapy

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



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for therapy


[ thĕrə-pē ]


The treatment of illness or disability.
A healing power or quality.

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Culture definitions for therapy


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

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