THERAPEUTAE

Therapeutae

Ther`a*peu"t[ae]\, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? (pl. ?) an attendant, servant, physician. See Therapeutic.] (Eccl. Hist.) A name given to certain ascetics said to have anciently dwelt in the neighborhood of Alexandria. They are described in a work attributed to Philo, the genuineness and credibility of which are now much discredited.
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