therapy

noun
ther·a·py | \ ˈther-ə-pē \
plural therapies

Definition of therapy 

: therapeutic treatment especially of bodily, mental, or behavioral disorder

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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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The Austrian professor and author came to America after escaping Nazi Germany, bringing his revolutionary methods of therapy and medicine with him. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Alford has more than 35 years of experience providing neuropsychological evaluations and implementing therapies such as neurofeedback and non-invasive neuro-stimulation techniques. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 13 July 2018 Those who scored higher would need chemotherapy, whereas women who had a low score could be treated with hormonal therapy. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Data sharing company helps improve cancer patient outcomes, reduce total cost of care," 13 July 2018 Too few therapists to meet demand Virtual therapy had been used before to help people overcome a fear of heights, but always with the guidance of a mental health professional, Freeman said. NBC News, "Virtual reality helps cure real-life fear of heights, study finds," 11 July 2018 Because of these similarities, specific human anti-cancer therapies should work successfully in sea turtles. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018 Macy's primary role will be to help provide therapy and emotional support to these victims, both children and adults, Batista said. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Mesa Police Department introduces its first therapy dog," 10 July 2018 The tales of what happens during gay conversion therapy have been spreading throughout mainstream media for the past few decades. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Chloe Grace Moretz Rebels Through Conversion Therapy in 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' Trailer," 10 July 2018 Twice a year, the Unique Gift Foundation provides teacher training programs on child development, nutrition, psychology, and therapy. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of therapy

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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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therapy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of therapy

: the treatment of physical or mental illnesses

therapy

noun
ther·a·py | \ ˈther-ə-pē \
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 \
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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