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 From a purely business standpoint the results are showing too, with repeat attendees over 80% after a month of therapy. Tim Lai, Forbes, 30 May 2021 The film tells the story of six female mental health patients, one of which survived a mass murder, who join their doctor on an overnight stay at a remote cabin to undergo a controversial form of therapy. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 25 May 2021 The pandemic has driven many people into — or back into — therapy. Mirel Zaman, refinery29.com, 21 May 2021 This type of therapy is particularly helpful for managing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 21 May 2021 This type of therapy might make life more comfortable in a way that medication alone cannot. Amanda Sperber, Vogue, 20 May 2021 The maximum charges for a standard course of therapy for head and neck cancer were $665 and for AML, $1,680. Rebecca Ritzel, NBC News, 15 May 2021 But for those who want an option outside of therapy, Cooper suggested mindfulness techniques, including deep-breathing exercises, meditation, yoga or going for a walk rather than using panic buying to relieve anxiety. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 Almost one in five transgender teenagers in China reported being forced into conversion therapy in a 2019 survey. Washington Post, 11 May 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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2 Jun 2021

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“Therapy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapy. Accessed 13 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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