phys·​io·​ther·​a·​pist ˌfi-zē-ō-ˈther-ə-pist How to pronounce physiotherapist (audio)
plural physiotherapists
: physical therapist
[The University of] Florida's more than 440 athletes are treated by a cadre of physiotherapists and monitored by an army of academic advisers.Joe Drape and Katie Thomas
Women worried about getting … osteoporosis should start skipping, jogging and doing high-impact aerobics. In newly issued guidelines, British physiotherapists and osteoporosis specialists said they were the best exercises to avert the disease.Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram

Examples of physiotherapist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now exercise consists of working with my physiotherapist and going to the studio. Lovia Gyarkye, New York Times, 11 Aug. 2023 With that commitment filled, McDonald could focus on more intense tennis for the rest of his day, starting by working with a physiotherapist and finding time to eat, and following that with two hours of practice. Jesus Jiménez Hiroko Masuike, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2023 That applies not just to travel, but to the number and the quality of medical staff members, physiotherapists, nutritionists. Rory Smith, New York Times, 19 July 2023 Originally founded in the late '70s by biologist and physiotherapist duo Yvan and Josette Allouche, Biologique Recherche cemented its reputation for effectiveness with a customized and active-forward approach to skincare. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2022 He was treated on some changeovers, with a physiotherapist working on his triceps as if Djokovic were having radiating pain or stiffness. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2020 The cleaners might not have lungs, and the physiotherapist could be completely brainless. Rebecca Cairns; Video By Dan Tham, CNN, 25 Aug. 2021 On Monday against Tiafoe, Nadal had to consult with a physiotherapist after the first set. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 5 Sep. 2022 Roughly 100,000 nurses went on strike last December, and then again in February, along with ambulance staff and physiotherapists, in the largest strike of the NHS’s 75-year history. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


physio- + therapist, after physiotherapy

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of physiotherapist was in 1904

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“Physiotherapist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


phys·​io·​ther·​a·​pist -ˈther-ə-pəst How to pronounce physiotherapist (audio)

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