noun, plural therapies.
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.

1840–50; < Neo-Latin therapīa < Greek therapeía healing (akin to therápōn attendant)

self-therapy, noun, plural self-therapies. Unabridged
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therapy (ˈθɛrəpɪ)
n , pl -pies
a.  the treatment of physical, mental, or social disorders or disease
 b.  (in combination): physiotherapy; electrotherapy
[C19: from New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia attendance; see therapeutic]

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1846, "medical treatment of disease," from Mod.L. therapia, from Gk. therapeia "curing, healing," from therapeuein "to cure, treat."
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therapy ther·a·py (thěr'ə-pē)

  1. The treatment of illness or disability.

  2. Psychotherapy.

  3. A healing power or quality.

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therapy definition

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

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