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 This isn’t a therapy session, and the purpose of this sharing isn’t to solve anything, but rather to name the stresses and get beyond them, to find common ground on which to rebuild relationships with one another and with work. Steve Salee, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The therapy session sparked an idea that would become McCoy's mental health company, Wellness for the Culture, which McCoy, 33, and co-founder Oyinda Adebo, 27, started last July. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 4 June 2021 Plaintiffs allege they have been denied admission, expelled, subjected to anti-gay slurs, pressured into conversion therapy and otherwise treated unequally. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, 3 June 2021 The dancers meet up in a gymnasium for what starts out as a sort of therapy session, but tensions rise and the group splinters. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 3 June 2021 Together, they’re meant to prompt audience reflection and interaction, to turn the museum into a social space, a meld of public forum, classroom and therapy session. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Oprah Winfrey's new series on mental health is no substitution for a good therapy session. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 The Pearsons have an intense family therapy session. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 In June 2018, a 17-year-old girl living at a treatment center for troubled teens had hit a staff member in the face during a therapy session involving horses. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of therapy

1838, 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 in 1838

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14 Jun 2021

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“Therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapy. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for therapy

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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