therapy

noun
ther·​a·​py | \ ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio) \
plural therapies

Definition of therapy

1 : therapeutic medical treatment of impairment, injury, disease, or disorder The number of new patients treated for end-stage renal disease … with dialysis or renal transplantation has continued to rise exponentially with an 8.4% annualized growth rate reaching more than 160,000 patients undergoing therapy in the United States in 1989.— Friedrich K. Port — see also art therapy, chelation therapy, chemotherapy, chemotherapy, gene therapy, hormone therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, shock therapy, speech therapy
2 : psychotherapy Furthermore, the psychotherapist knows that all actions in therapy are messages that need be decoded and understood regardless of the 'language' the patient uses.— Bruno Bettelheim and Alvin A. Rosenfeld

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Examples of therapy in a Sentence

He is undergoing cancer therapy. talking over my problem with you has been good therapy

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Each year, our readers tell us what matters—and once again, these airports got high marks for a variety of excellent food and beverage choices, retail therapy, fast (and free) Wi-Fi, fitness options, ease of connection, and more. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Airports in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 This could include hormonal and non-hormonal therapies, such as low-dose birth control, SSRIs (a form of antidepressants), and both prescriptive and over-the-counter treatments for vaginal dryness, according to the Office on Women's Health. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 Bojack treats it as part standup routine, part therapy session. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 The owner of the Liberty farm, Jennifer Hawbold-Enersen, told us goats are her therapy. Author: Christine Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Goat yoga comes to Alaska: part workout, part petting zoo, all fun," 25 June 2018 The couple were learn to learn more about a program supporting kids with special needs through equine therapy. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Men's J.Crew Coat on the Royal Tour of Morocco," 26 Feb. 2019 It was also previously revealed that Sully was going to be working with two facility dogs — SGT Dillon and SGT Truman — who provide therapy to wounded soldiers (some recovering from amputations) and active duty personnel. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jenna Bush Hager Breaks Down After Her Grandfather's Service Dog Meets Sully Sullenberger," 21 Feb. 2019 The faith has now denounced conversion therapy or other practices that subject people to abuse. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "Mormon church won’t oppose gay conversion therapy ban," 20 Feb. 2019 Trials of long-term maintenance therapy are underway, but at this stage, there’s no evidence showing how long maintenance of the treatment is likely to be effective, or even safe. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Some promising news for kids with peanut allergies," 23 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of therapy

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for therapy

New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia, from therapeuein

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therapy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of therapy

: the treatment of physical or mental illnesses

therapy

noun
ther·​a·​py | \ ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio) \
plural therapies

Kids Definition of therapy

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

therapy

noun
ther·​a·​py | \ ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio) \
plural therapies

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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