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
Recent Examples on the Web Julie Carpenter, a research fellow in the Ethics and Emerging Sciences group at California Polytechnic State University, has studied the research on Paro and says that the effect the robot can have is similar to animal therapy. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "There’s No Cure for Covid-19 Loneliness, but Robots Can Help," 22 June 2020 This suggests that inhaled NO therapy may be effective for treating patients with COVID-19. The Conversation, oregonlive, "The science behind why this is the safest way to breathe to avoid coronavirus," 19 June 2020 This suggests that inhaled NO therapy may be effective for treating patients with COVID-19. The Conversation, "The right way to breathe during the coronavirus pandemic," 19 June 2020 The drug reduced deaths by one third among patients on ventilators and by one fifth among those receiving oxygen therapy alone. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "Common Steroid Could Be Cheap and Effective Treatment for Severe COVID-19," 17 June 2020 Matthews started attending therapy about a month ago. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Video shows Norwood police officer beat man with baton, officer sued for excessive force," 11 June 2020 So patients were sent home with extensive instructions about doing therapy at home and family members received training from therapists via IPads. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "'Look how far you've come': For some COVID patients recovery takes weeks or months," 10 June 2020 Jasmine's therapy is funded privately through her workplace’s insurance scheme. Sophie Wilkinson, refinery29.com, "My Trauma Was Unlocked In Lockdown," 10 June 2020 Once life returns to normal — more people than ever will seek out therapy. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "The Long-Term Mental Health Effects For Black People Living Through Coronavirus and Racial Trauma," 9 June 2020

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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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The first known use of therapy was circa 1846

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25 Jun 2020

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“Therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapy. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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therapy

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How to pronounce therapy (audio)

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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