ther·​a·​py ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio)
plural therapies
: 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, gene therapy, hormone therapy, music therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, shock therapy, speech therapy
: 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

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 Some neurodivergent students will require specialists to provide different types of therapy, such as speech and language, occupational and physical therapy. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 8 May 2024 Students also have access to one-on-one therapy through an agreement with behavioral health agencies. Nick Sullivan, The Arizona Republic, 8 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for therapy 

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Word History


New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia, from therapeuein

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of therapy was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Therapy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ther·​a·​py ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio)
plural therapies
: treatment of an abnormal state of the mind or body

Medical Definition


ther·​a·​py ˈther-ə-pē How to pronounce therapy (audio)
plural therapies
: therapeutic treatment: as
: remedial treatment of mental or bodily disorder
: an agency (as treatment) designed or serving to bring about rehabilitation or social adjustment see occupational therapy, recreational therapy

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