physical therapist

noun
plural physical therapists

Definition of physical therapist

: a person licensed to practice physical therapy : a health care professional who provides therapy to preserve, enhance, or restore movement and physical function that are impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability … a physical therapist can show you exercises to maintain strength and movement in the affected area and may also use transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation …Self Healing While activity may worsen pain, activity directed by physical therapists, which may be done in therapy sessions and sometimes at home, provides some relief.Schenectady (New York) Daily Gazette abbreviation PT

called also physiotherapist

First Known Use of physical therapist

1908, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About physical therapist

Time Traveler for physical therapist

Time Traveler

The first known use of physical therapist was in 1908

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near physical therapist

physical science

physical therapist

physical therapy

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for physical therapist

Last Updated

23 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Physical therapist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physical%20therapist. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for physical therapist

physical therapist

noun

Medical Definition of physical therapist

: a person licensed to practice physical therapy : a health care professional who provides therapy to preserve, enhance, or restore movement and physical function that are impaired or threatened by disease, injury, or disability

called also physiotherapist

More from Merriam-Webster on physical therapist

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for physical therapist

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!