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[ther-uh-pee] /ˈθɛr ə pi/
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.
Origin of therapy
1840-50; < New Latin therapīa < Greek therapeía healing (akin to therápōn attendant)
Related forms
self-therapy, noun, plural self-therapies. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for therapy
  • One treatment commonly administered with a catheter is cardiac ablation therapy.
  • Images of a human heart showing increased blood flow after treatment with shock wave therapy.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy was long called a treatment in search of diseases.
  • Radiation therapy may be used as an initial treatment for localized prostate cancer.
  • Exposure to light, or light therapy, is a basic treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
  • Increasingly, family courts are ordering a treatment called reconciliation therapy.
  • Lin thinks fibronectin therapy is worth pursuing because it might help people with spinal-cord injuries.
  • But how maggot therapy heals has long been a matter of debate.
  • Her team and others are gearing up to look at gene variants in stroke patients, hoping to find new targets for drug therapy.
  • If they test positive, they should remain in service until set therapy goals are met.
British Dictionary definitions for therapy


noun (pl) -pies
  1. the treatment of physical, mental, or social disorders or disease
  2. (in combination): physiotherapy, electrotherapy
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia attendance; see therapeutic
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Word Origin and History for therapy

1846, "medical treatment of disease," from Modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia "curing, healing," from therapeuein "to cure, treat medically," literally "attend, do service, take care of;" related to therapon "servant, attendant."

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therapy in Medicine

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 in Culture

therapy definition

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for therapy

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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