therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce therapeutic (audio) \

Definition of therapeutic

1 : of or relating to the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods : curative, medicinal therapeutic diets They confirmed the therapeutic effect of supplemental light in treating winter depression with phototherapy.— Richard Wurtman and Judith Wurtman A just-right amount is the therapeutic dose, just enough to provide the intended effect without problems.— Paul G. Donohue
2 : having a beneficial effect on the body or mind Warm lotion manicures … are a luxurious, therapeutic treat …Elle … they painted, hoed, swept, and planted when the mood for therapeutic work struck them, and lolled on the beach when they felt like it.— David Guterson
3 : producing a useful or favorable result or effect In classical economics, before the illusion of fine-tuning became widespread, recessions were regarded as therapeutic.— Geoffrey Smith and Jane Sasseen

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Other Words from therapeutic

therapeutic noun
therapeutically \ ˌther-​ə-​ˈpyü-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce therapeutically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of therapeutic in a Sentence

the therapeutic benefits of yoga Gardening can be very therapeutic. the therapeutic effects of radiation
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Recent Examples on the Web Katherine would spend the next 10 months in therapeutic treatment, including just over three months in wilderness treatment. Popular Science, "There isn’t much science supporting wilderness therapy for teens," 30 Jan. 2020 This kind of information is especially critical when exploring a therapeutic area in which there are limited or no treatment options available and thus no market data to use as a guide. Yilian Yuan, STAT, "Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be the backbones of a drug launch playbook," 17 Dec. 2019 Beyond space, scientists hypothesize that this therapeutic treatment could be used to treat patients recovering from hip fracture surgery, intensive care patients, and the elderly. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Mice in space: NASA’s latest experiment," 2 Dec. 2019 Looking further into the future, once prime editing has been given many more trial runs, the technology could offer therapeutic treatments for medical conditions, too. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "A New Gene Editing Tool Could Make CRISPR More Precise," 22 Oct. 2019 There's also a wide, and rigorous, array of classes, relaxing and therapeutic spa treatments, and many workshops focused on long-term positive change offered at the Life Enhancement Center. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Spas in the U.S. & Around the World: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 7 Oct. 2019 Companies such as Pfizer and Eli Lilly & Co. have scaled back in some therapeutic areas while increasing their focus on others, including cancer. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, "Advances in Cancer Drugs Fuel Blockbuster Deal," 3 Jan. 2019 It is now operated by Rite of Passage, which is a national provider of therapeutic and educational programs for youth, the website states. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "17-year-old Canyon State Academy student dies after being found unresponsive," 23 Jan. 2020 The property’s 16 adobe-style casitas provide their own therapeutic benefits thanks to beehive fireplaces, heated floors, and private patios. Jennifer Fernandez, Town & Country, "The 10 Luxury Wellness Escapes You’ll Want to Book for 2020," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of therapeutic

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for therapeutic

Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to attend, treat, from theraps attendant

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The first known use of therapeutic was in 1646

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12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Therapeutic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapeutic. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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therapeutic

adjective
How to pronounce therapeutic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of therapeutic

: producing good effects on your body or mind
: of or relating to the treatment of illness

therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ ˌther-ə-ˈpyü-tik How to pronounce therapeutic (audio) \

Kids Definition of therapeutic

therapeutic

adjective
ther·​a·​peu·​tic | \ -ˈpyüt-ik How to pronounce therapeutic (audio) \

Medical Definition of therapeutic

1 : of, relating to, or used in the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods : curative, medicinal … the dose was increased to 8 mg per day, which is the higher end of the therapeutic dosage range.— Hasan B. Alam et al., The New England Journal of Medicine, 8 Oct. 2009 Conscious sedation is used increasingly in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, ranging from gastrointestinal endoscopy to minor surgery in patients who are relaxed, but responsive.The Journal of the American Medical Association, 22 Sept. 1993 They confirmed the therapeutic effect of supplemental light in treating winter depression with phototherapy.— Richard Wurtman and Judith Wurtman, Scientific American, January 1989
2 : having a beneficial effect on the body or mind California psychotherapist Annette Goodheart believes not only that laughter can be therapeutic but also that therapy needs to include laughter.— Jeff Wagenheim, New Age Journal, Winter 1993

Other Words from therapeutic

therapeutically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce therapeutically (audio) \ adverb
a therapeutically effective regimen therapeutically equivalent drugs

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