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[treet-muh nt] /ˈtrit mənt/
an act or manner of treating.
action or behavior toward a person, animal, etc.
management in the application of medicines, surgery, etc.
literary or artistic handling, especially with reference to style.
subjection to some agent or action.
Movies, Television. a preliminary outline of a film or teleplay laying out the key scenes, characters, and locales.
Origin of treatment
1550-60; treat + -ment
Related forms
nontreatment, noun
overtreatment, noun
posttreatment, adjective
self-treatment, noun
1. handling, management, conduct, approach. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for treatment
  • My situation is that one of my colleagues gives me a silent treatment.
  • Proponents say the information could revolutionize medical diagnosis and treatment.
  • Cancer treatment has as much to do with access to medical care as it does with the etiology of cells gone awry.
  • It sounds medieval, but more and more people believe we're at the forefront of a revolutionary new kind of medical treatment.
  • Whether a treatment is conventional or alternative, the medical profession should be doing what works.
  • They were not being tended, nor was there any obvious sign of medical treatment.
  • Medical treatment, or even diagnostic examination, can cause adverse effects in a patient.
  • Medical treatment which prolongs life for eighteen months is not normally regarded as futile.
  • In general, the course of treatment is determined by the stage of the cancer.
  • For picking off pimples, few reliable studies exist to show clear benefits of one treatment over another.
British Dictionary definitions for treatment


the application of medicines, surgery, psychotherapy, etc, to a patient or to a disease or symptom
the manner of handling or dealing with a person or thing, as in a literary or artistic work
the act, practice, or manner of treating
(films) an expansion of a script into sequence form, indicating camera angles, dialogue, etc
(slang) the treatment, the usual manner of dealing with a particular type of person (esp in the phrase give someone the (full) treatment)
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Word Origin and History for treatment

"conduct, behavior," 1560s, from treat + -ment. In the medical sense, it is first recorded 1744.

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treatment in Medicine

treatment treat·ment (trēt'mənt)
Administration or application of remedies to a patient or for a disease or an injury; medicinal or surgical management; therapy.

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Idioms and Phrases with treatment


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