treatment

noun

treat·​ment ˈtrēt-mənt How to pronounce treatment (audio)
plural treatments
1
: the act or manner or an instance of treating someone or something: such as
a
: conduct or behavior towards another
The actor requires careful treatment.
… he always treated people with whom he disagreed with utmost civility and never allowed his scholarly predispositions to interfere with respectful treatment of students holding differing views. LSA [Linguistic Society of America] Bulletin
b
: the action or manner of dealing with something (such as a topic) often in a specified way
… the best and most comprehensive treatment of American foreign oil policy that has so far been written. Burton I. Kaufman
… cinematic treatments of organized crime as GoodFellas, Godfather III and Miller's Crossing. Ralph Novak
… most of us readers assume that this conflict of interest is the reason PC Magazine reviews of Microsoft products are softball treatments that in no way reflect the actual experiences of users, who are plagued with constant program crashes. Joseph Kristl
c
: the action or way of treating a patient or a condition medically or surgically : management and care to prevent, cure, ameliorate, or slow progression of a medical condition
treatment of accident victims
palliative treatment of inoperable cancer
treatment of a blocked artery
infertility treatments
treatment of diabetic patients
also : an instance of treating a patient or medical condition
patients requiring numerous chemotherapy treatments
Removal of the skin growth required a single treatment.
d
: subjection of something to the action of an agent or process
sewage treatment
It is the most economical and practical method of purification and treatment of water. Business Insider (online)
a wastewater treatment plant
2
a
: a therapeutic agent, therapy, or procedure used to treat a medical condition
Placebos—medical treatments that contain no active ingredients—have triggered an outbreak of controversy … Science News
b
: something (such as a product or technique) used in treating, enhancing, or improving the performance, condition, or appearance of someone or something
exfoliating skin treatments
He cares about the condition of hair, invents treatments as well as styles, and has brought out a special hair-care product made of bone marrow. Vogue
Regularly apply a waterproofing treatment suitable for the boot whether it be normal leather, nubuck or suede. Rodney Chester
Wainscoting is paneling that lines the lower part of the walls in a room. This decorative treatment usually goes as high as chair rail height, but can be raised higher for a more elegant wall treatment. Denise Freese
3
: the techniques or actions customarily applied in a specified situation: such as
a
: the provision (such as by a store or restaurant) of the goods or services associated with a visit, fee, or order
The party received special treatment at the restaurant.
"If you want luxury goods, then walking into a Gucci or Prada or Cartier and getting the full treatment and sitting on the cushy leather banquette is part of the experience," says freelance writer and fashion aficionada Lisbeth Levine. Robin Givhan
b
: a pattern of actions (such as the bestowal of gifts and favors) designed to reward, encourage, or convince
… he has been getting the standard treatment of cocktail parties, press interviews and deals with advertisers … Time
In those early days, [Gerald] Ford was invited to the White House by the natty, peppery Harry Truman, who wanted $5 million to renovate the crumbling building. Ford got the full treatment, with amateur architect Truman pointing out sagging floors and the lack of closets. Truman got his money. Hugh Sidey
c
: a pattern of actions (such as insults or physical punishment) designed to punish or persuade
used especially in phrases like get the treatment and give (someone) the treatment
When asked what MI [Military Intelligence] said, he [Sergeant Javal S. Davis] stated: "Loosen this guy up for us. Make sure he has a bad night. Make sure he gets the treatment." Los Angeles TimesSome of the cops at the station house were ready to take him into a back room and give him "the treatment" for passing himself off as one of them. William McGowanInstead, the press corps closed their minds and treated dissenters like pariahs to coerce conformity. NBC News got the full treatment when it dared to break ranks. Michael Goodwin

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In their latest complaint, producers allege that AMC’s $200-million settlement with the series showrunner Frank Darabont in 2021 entitles them to similar treatment. Anousha Sakouistaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Transgender activists across the country pushed for early and easy access to the treatment. Christina Jewett, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2022 Yet, across the country, they are being banned, challenged or indefinitely delayed, while people hoping to transition are put through a series of hoops and hurdles before getting access to treatment. Gavin Grimm, CNN, 13 Nov. 2022 The lawsuit alleged female runners were subjected to different treatment than males runners. The Indianapolis Star, 28 Nov. 2022 The author’s solution to this defamatory treatment is to assume, conversely, rectitude and astuteness. Maxwell Carter, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2022 As a result of this new diagnosis, Johnson last year agreed to treatment. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Earlier this month, Blenrep failed to delay disease progression compared to a standard treatment in a pivotal study, stoking fears the FDA might revoke its approval. Damian Garde, STAT, 22 Nov. 2022 The tournament has already been beset with controversies, ranging from scheduling complications due to Qatar’s summer heat to the treatment of migrant workers. Simone Foxman, Fortune, 18 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of treatment was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Treatment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/treatment. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

treatment

noun

treat·​ment ˈtrēt-mənt How to pronounce treatment (audio)
1
: the act or manner or an instance of treating someone or something
the antiques require careful treatment
2
: a substance or method used in treating
a beauty treatment
waste treatment plant

Medical Definition

treatment

noun

treat·​ment ˈtrēt-mənt How to pronounce treatment (audio)
1
: the action or way of treating a patient or a condition medically or surgically : management and care to prevent, cure, ameliorate, or slow progression of a medical condition
palliative treatment of advanced, inoperable cancer
treatment of burn victims
infertility treatments
2
: an instance of treating a patient or medical condition
a study concerning the efficacy of chemotherapy treatments
Removal of the skin growth required a single treatment.
3
a
: a therapeutic agent, therapy, or procedure used to treat a medical condition
a controversial medical treatment
b
: something (such as a product or technique) used in treating, enhancing, or improving the performance, condition, or appearance of someone or something
exoliating skin treatments

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