hydrotherapy

hydrotherapy

[hahy-druh-ther-uh-pee]
noun
1.
the branch of therapeutics that deals with the curative use of water.
2.
the treatment of physical disability, injury, or illness by immersion of all or part of the body in water to facilitate movement, promote wound healing, relieve pain, etc., usually under the supervision of a trained therapist.

Origin:
1875–80; hydro-1 + therapy

hydrotherapist, noun
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hydrotherapy (ˌhaɪdrəʊˈθɛrəpɪ)
 
n
med Compare hydropathy Also called: water cure the treatment of certain diseases by the external use of water, esp by exercising in water in order to mobilize stiff joints or strengthen weakened muscles
 
hydrotherapic
 
adj
 
hydro'therapist
 
n

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hydrotherapy hy·dro·ther·a·py (hī'drə-thěr'ə-pē)
n.
External use of water in the medical treatment of certain diseases.

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