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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Previous evidence has been mixed on whether the treatment might be linked with mental decline. Lindsey Tanner,, "Dementia tied to hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatment," 5 July 2019 Still more demonstrations were planned for the July 4 holiday, including one being organized in Philadelphia by Jewish activists likening the detention of migrants to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. Author: Elliot Spagat, Anchorage Daily News, "Jarring images of border cells surface ahead of July 4," 4 July 2019 An angry crowd shouted approval as a group of officers held an impromptu news conference to condemn the force’s treatment by the government. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "Mexico’s Federal Police Rebel Against New Security Plan," 4 July 2019 But there’s still something cynical about the MCU’s treatment of him as a kind of Iron Man protégé. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 The treatment uses extreme cold temperatures produced by dry, vaporized nitrogen to briefly numb nerve endings. Tyra Mcclung,, "Afloat In Avon: Wellness Therapy Promotes Relaxation, Relieves Sports Injuries," 2 July 2019 No vaccine can block West Nile virus and the only treatment available is supportive care to address the symptoms the disease causes. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Mosquitoes in Marion County test positive for West Nile virus, health officials say," 2 July 2019 But attorneys who previously inspected Homestead and spoke to children said many complained about the treatment here, too. CBS News, "Inside the controversial migrant detention center in Homestead, Florida," 28 June 2019 Everywhere burst onto the stage, demanding that the CEO do something about the treatment of chickens in farms that sell to his companies. James Vincent, The Verge, "I welcomed our new robot overlords at Amazon’s first AI conference," 27 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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