treat·ment | \ˈtrēt-mənt \

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 march, which is also in protest of the VA hospital's treatment of veterans, has not been given a date. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Democrat's 'Purple Heart' remark at Strzok hearing spurs veterans to plan protest march," 14 July 2018 The medley also got an expert laser and neon treatment, and at the end of the mini set, a quick routine to a Missy Elliot trio that could have been a full segment unto itself. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears is back on tour and you better believe she's here to work," 13 July 2018 Fake scandals, #fakenews: Each treatment, on its own, is silly, to the point that either would seem unworthy of much attention. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Brett Kavanaugh, Jim Jordan, and the Fog of the Partisan," 13 July 2018 Any treatment for Alzheimer’s, one of the biggest unmet medical needs, could be worth tens of billions of dollars. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Fear of Missing Out Drives Stock Performance," 13 July 2018 Prevent further sun damage The best treatment is prevention, Marchbein says. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Fastest, Most Effective Ways to Treat a Sunburn," 13 July 2018 For people who are diagnosed with MG, treatment is still possible. Amanda Macmillan,, "What Is Mycoplasma Genitalium? British Doctors Are Warning That This Sexually Transmitted Infection Could Be the Next Big Superbug," 11 July 2018 But even taking that into account, the siren, the over-the-top headline, and then the lurid treatment of a big chunk of data is a bit remarkable. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "How to Interpret 2018 Polls Without Fooling Yourself," 10 July 2018 Luckily, the treatment for cyclosporiasis is usually fairly simple. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Del Monte Veggies Linked to Parasite Outbreak That's Sickened More Than 200 People Already," 9 July 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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