treat·​ment | \ ˈtrēt-mənt How to pronounce treatment (audio) \

Definition of treatment

1a : the act or manner or an instance of treating someone or something : handling, usage the star requires careful treatment
b : the techniques or actions customarily applied in a specified situation
2a : a substance or technique used in treating
b : an experimental condition

Examples of treatment in a Sentence

We want to ensure equal treatment for everyone. The law requires humane treatment of prisoners. It's a complicated issue that requires careful treatment. The book's treatment of this important issue is unimpressive. Previous treatments of this topic have ignored some key issues. The patient required immediate medical treatment. She is receiving treatment for cancer. The drug has been approved as a treatment for AIDS.
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The child has been taken for medical treatment at Lautoka Hospital, police said, as investigators gather information at the scene to establish the identity of the victims. Sandi Sidhu, CNN, "Baby found crawling near bodies of five family members in Fiji," 30 Aug. 2019 The only option left would be to try to identify the specific gene responsible for his illness and hope that a diagnosis could eventually lead to a treatment—an endeavor that could take years. Wired, "One Scientist’s Quest to Bring DNA Sequencing to Every Sick Kid," 30 Aug. 2019 According to the news station, Harris, who is a single father, called an Uber driver to take him to dialysis treatment. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Uber Driver Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Black Man, Nearly Crashing Car," 28 Aug. 2019 The discrepancies were greater for referrals to treatment: 6% for substance abuse and 4% for mental health. Los Angeles Times, "Scathing new audit finds deep operational failures at L.A.’s top homeless outreach agency," 27 Aug. 2019 This, and other critical reviews like it, give short shrift to Wilentz’s treatment of the fraught relationship between slavery and the Constitution. John Hirschauer, National Review, "What a Princeton Historian’s Critics Get Wrong about the Constitution and Slavery," 27 Aug. 2019 Anderson said she was recently told that the tumors in her brain, spine and lungs had stopped responding to treatment, leaving her with six to 12 months to live. Fox News, "Terminally ill nurse gets bucket list wish: a ride-along in a cop car," 27 Aug. 2019 The money has gone not only into building group homes for widows, but also to funding pensions and providing work training and medical treatment. New York Times, "India’s Widows, Abused at Home, Have Sought Refuge in This Holy City for Centuries," 27 Aug. 2019 Most of that will go to a treatment and research center at Oklahoma State University, although the federal government is seeking a portion of the money. Author: Lenny Bernstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Johnson & Johnson responsible for fueling Oklahoma’s opioid crisis, judge rules," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of treatment

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of treatment

: the way that you think of and act toward someone or something
: the way that you deal with or discuss a subject
: something that deals with or discusses a subject


treat·​ment | \ ˈtrēt-mənt How to pronounce treatment (audio) \

Kids Definition of treatment

1 : the act or manner of treating someone or something The dog received rough treatment by his previous owners.
2 : medical or surgical care The accident victim required immediate treatment.
3 : a substance or method used in treating a treatment for acne waste treatment


treat·​ment | \ ˈtrēt-mənt How to pronounce treatment (audio) \

Medical Definition of treatment

1 : the action or manner of treating a patient medically or surgically treatment of tuberculosis
2 : an instance of treating the cure required many treatments

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