chronotherapy

noun chro·no·ther·a·py \ ˌkrä-nō-ˈther-ə-pē , ˌkrō- \

Definition of chronotherapy

1 :treatment of a sleep disorder (such as insomnia) by changing sleeping and waking times in an attempt to reset the patient's biological clock
2 or chronotherapeutics play \ˌkrä-nə-ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tiks, ˌkrō-\ :the administration of medication or treatment in coordination with the body's circadian rhythms to maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects

First Known Use of chronotherapy

1973


Medical Dictionary

chronotherapy

noun chro·no·ther·a·py \ ˌkrän-ə-ˈther-ə-pē, ˌkrō-nə- \

medical Definition of chronotherapy

plural chronotherapies
1 :treatment of a sleep disorder (as insomnia) by changing sleeping and waking times in an attempt to reset the patient's biological clock
  • A nondrug treatment called chronotherapy can be used to “re-set” the body clock.
  • —Tara Parker-PopeThe Wall Street Journal21 Mar. 2006
2 or chronotherapeutics play \-ˌther-ə-ˈpyüt-iks\ :the administration of medication or treatment in coordination with the body's circadian rhythms to maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects
  • Chronotherapy is the relatively new practice of timed treatment.
  • The Daily News of Los Angeles29 Sept. 1997
called also chronotherapeutics

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