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therapist

[ther-uh-pist] /ˈθɛr ə pɪst/
noun
1.
a person trained in the use of physical methods, as exercises, heat treatments, etc., in treating or rehabilitating the sick or wounded or helping patients overcome physical defects.
2.
a person trained in the use of psychological methods for helping patients overcome psychological problems.
3.
Also, therapeutist
[ther-uh-pyoo-tist] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪst/ (Show IPA)
. a person, as a doctor, skilled in therapeutics.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; therap(y) + -ist
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Word Origin and History for therapeutist
therapist
1886, from therapy + -ist; earlier was therapeutist (1816). Especially of psychotherapy practitioners from c.1930s.
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therapeutist in Medicine

therapist ther·a·pist (thěr'ə-pĭst)
n.
One who specializes in the provision of a particular therapy.

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