adjective Also, therapeutical.
of or pertaining to the treating or curing of disease; curative.
a therapeutic substance.

1535–45; < Neo-Latin therapeuticus < Greek therapeutikós, equivalent to therapeú(ein) to attend, treat medically (akin to therápōn attendant) + -tikos -tic

therapeutically, adverb
nontherapeutic, adjective
nontherapeutical, adjective
nontherapeutically, adverb
untherapeutic, adjective
untherapeutical, adjective
untherapeutically, adverb
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therapeutic (ˌθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk)
1.  of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative
2.  serving or performed to maintain health: therapeutic abortion
[C17: from New Latin therapeuticus, from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to minister to, from theraps an attendant]

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Word Origin & History

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

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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