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therapeutics

[ther-uh-pyoo-tiks] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of medicine concerned with the remedial treatment of disease.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; see therapeutic, -ics

therapeutic

[ther-uh-pyoo-tik] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk/
adjective, Also, therapeutical
1.
of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative.
noun
2.
a therapeutic substance.
Origin
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
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British Dictionary definitions for therapeutics

therapeutics

/ˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease

therapeutic

/ˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative
2.
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 therapeutics

therapeutic

adj.

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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therapeutics in Medicine

therapeutics ther·a·peu·tics (thěr'ə-pyōō'tĭks)
n.
Medical treatment of disease; the art or science of healing.


ther'a·peu'tist n.

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

  1. Having or exhibiting healing powers.

  2. Of or relating to therapeutics.

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