noun ther·a·py \ˈther-ə-pē\

: the treatment of physical or mental illnesses

plural ther·a·pies

Full Definition of THERAPY

:  therapeutic treatment especially of bodily, mental, or behavioral disorder

Examples of THERAPY

  1. He is undergoing cancer therapy.
  2. <talking over my problem with you has been good therapy>

Origin of THERAPY

New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia, from therapeuein
First Known Use: circa 1846

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THERAPIES Defined for Kids


noun ther·a·py \ˈther-ə-pē\
plural ther·a·pies

Definition of THERAPY for Kids

:  treatment of a disorder or injury of the body or mind
Medical Dictionary


noun ther·a·py \ˈther-ə-pē\
plural ther·a·pies

Medical Definition of THERAPY

:  therapeutic treatment: as a :  remedial treatment of mental or bodily disorder b :  an agency (as treatment) designed or serving to bring about rehabilitation or social adjustment—see occupational therapy, recreational therapy
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