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[ther-uh-pyoo-tik] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk/
adjective, Also, therapeutical
of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative.
a therapeutic substance.
Origin of therapeutic
1535-45; < New Latin therapeuticus < Greek therapeutikós, equivalent to therapeú(ein) to attend, treat medically (akin to therápōn attendant) + -tikos -tic
Related forms
therapeutically, adverb
nontherapeutic, adjective
nontherapeutical, adjective
nontherapeutically, adverb
untherapeutic, adjective
untherapeutical, adjective
untherapeutically, adverb Unabridged
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of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative
serving or performed to maintain health: therapeutic abortion
Derived Forms
therapeutically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin therapeuticus, from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to minister to, from theraps an attendant
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Word Origin and History for therapeutic

pertaining to the healing of disease, 1640s, probably shortened from therapeutical (c.1600), from Modern Latin therapeuticus "curing, healing," from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeutes "one ministering," from therapeutein "to cure, treat," of unknown origin, related to therapon (genitive therapontos) "attendant." Therapeutic was used from 1540s as a noun meaning "the branch of medicine concerned with treatment of disease."

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therapeutic in Medicine

therapeutic ther·a·peu·tic (thěr'ə-pyōō'tĭk) or ther·a·peu·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)

  1. Having or exhibiting healing powers.

  2. Of or relating to therapeutics.

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