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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Drugmakers are looking to tap China’s more affluent urban class, who can afford private insurance or pay out-of-pocket for treatments. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Drugmakers Gain More Access to China, but at a Price," 27 Nov. 2018 The researchers also found that doctors who endorsed these incorrect ideas were likely to believe that black people are less sensitive to pain and, therefore, make inaccurate recommendations for the treatment of their pain. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Tia Mowry Wants More People in the Black Community to Talk About Endometriosis," 1 Nov. 2018 One of the more concrete suggestions is that these measurements provide more accurate stopping power measurements—an important parameter when choosing radiation therapy doses for cancer treatment. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018 Many clinics, however, offer military discounts for service members who are paying out of pocket, as well as discounts on the medications needed for treatment. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Health & Fitness," 1 Oct. 2018 Lego Plenty of famous buildings have gotten the Lego treatment, from Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "New Lego kit builds a working 3-foot wind turbine," 28 Sep. 2018 The World Health Organization had been very much, standing on the sidelines, not arguing for HIV treatment. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Big data could ‘stop famines from ever happening again,’ says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim," 24 Sep. 2018 An unidentified law enforcement source said 100 of the 500 passengers on Emirates Flight 203 were reporting feeling sick, and that at least three of them had been transferred to a hospital for treatment, according to NBC. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Emirates Plane Quarantined at New York-JFK Due to Reports of Sick Passengers," 5 Sep. 2018 In the McCain family national service was its own reward that did not allow for special treatment. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Henry Kissinger's Eulogy for John McCain," 1 Sep. 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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