Definition of therapeutic in English:



  • 1Relating to the healing of disease.

    ‘diagnostic and therapeutic facilities’
    • ‘It is an energy-based therapeutic approach to healing, which uses a variety of techniques to treat the human energy system.’
    • ‘A special care order will be issued to allow the child to receive special protection in a secure therapeutic facility.’
    • ‘Combination products will bring new and exciting benefits to both diagnostic and therapeutic medicine.’
    • ‘He drafted a Bill to do just that, but to allow therapeutic cloning for disease research.’
    • ‘It banned a drug which had considerable therapeutic value and was far less harmful than many other medicines.’
    • ‘For instance, he remains ethically opposed to therapeutic cloning.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, a number of drugs of major therapeutic potential have resulted from these investigations.’
    • ‘An important aspect of every healthcare system is its therapeutic strategy.’
    • ‘Two weeks at maximal dose is needed before one decides that a particular drug is a therapeutic failure.’
    • ‘There is no justification for banning a drug which has a beneficial therapeutic use.’
    • ‘Many new drugs are not therapeutic innovations, point out the authors, but extensions to the range of drugs already available.’
    • ‘Botox was meant as a therapeutic drug, dealing with a number of unusual disorders and aiding stroke victims.’
    • ‘Many patients associate a single drug with a single therapeutic action.’
    • ‘The drug and its intended therapeutic use never get mentioned in the same ad.’
    • ‘Some people might be fine after a certain dose of a therapeutic drug, while others might experience severe side-effects.’
    • ‘There are 60 or more therapeutic compounds in cannabis that are healing agents in medical and herbal treatments.’
    • ‘The Senate must keep its moral priorities firmly in mind as the vote on banning therapeutic cloning draws close.’
    • ‘More is known about the adverse effects and therapeutic uses of marihuana than about most prescription drugs.’
    • ‘Certainly, the therapeutic benefits of the drugs we are talking about are quite minimal.’
    • ‘These drugs could be promising therapeutic options in an era of rapidly growing antibiotic resistance in all parts of world.’
    healing, curative, curing, remedial, medicinal, restorative, health-giving, tonic, sanative, reparative, corrective, ameliorative, beneficial, good, salubrious, salutary
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    1. 1.1Administered or applied for reasons of health.
      ‘a therapeutic shampoo’
      • ‘And the latter had recently announced that plastic surgery, except for specifically therapeutic reasons, was a sin.’
      • ‘He pierced her amniotic sac, making a therapeutic abortion necessary.’
      • ‘Healing sandals and therapeutic shoes are less restrictive and feel more stable for these patients.’
      • ‘When the signs and symptoms of progressive disease appear, therapeutic intervention is necessary.’
      • ‘In attempting to remove the non-existent coil he pierced the amniotic sac and a therapeutic abortion had to be carried out.’
      • ‘There are very sound therapeutic reasons for docking lambs' tails that certainly do not apply to dogs.’
    2. 1.2Having a good effect on the body or mind; contributing to a sense of well-being.
      ‘a therapeutic silence’
      • ‘More than anything, the book is a testimony to the therapeutic and palliative effects of time and travel.’
      • ‘You couldn't agree more as you inhale the pure, clean, almost therapeutic air in his room.’
      • ‘Although many hold the view that drawing and painting can have a therapeutic and calming effect, Morris feels otherwise.’
      • ‘Paradoxically it is this smell that contributes to the therapeutic effect of garlic on the body.’
      • ‘There is no evidence to suggest which types of games have a greater therapeutic or educational effect.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is the therapeutic effect of chocolates that is driving sales.’
      • ‘Just watching the artificial stream and listening to the sound of falling water is so therapeutic that it induces my mind to relax until I fall asleep.’
      • ‘Apart from its therapeutic benefit, a shower is also a great way to start the day.’
      • ‘‘Voluntary work is very therapeutic for people with mental health problems,’ she says.’
      • ‘They began to look into the reasons why crystals and stones were supposed to hold therapeutic qualities and exactly how people can use them.’
      • ‘However writing these posts is therapeutic and for some reason does attract a readership.’
      • ‘Allicin is a bioactive compound from garlic with a number of therapeutic effects.’
      • ‘He spent a lot of time at the prison, while giving the prisoners art lessons for creative and therapeutic reasons.’
      • ‘Some brands of yogurt contain sufficient quantities of viable organisms to have a therapeutic effect.’
      • ‘The last decade has seen a revolution in healthcare as more and more hospitals become convinced of the therapeutic power of humour.’
      • ‘Jo told me to close the lid and turn off the lights as soon as I felt comfortable, to get the full therapeutic benefits.’
      • ‘They seldom answer questions directly, and use silence as a therapeutic tool.’
      • ‘The work in the open air was therapeutic, even though he made no money, and he was away from the stresses of his former life.’
      • ‘Apart from the renowned medicinal value of the water, the air itself may be therapeutic.’
      • ‘It is believed that swimming with dolphins has a therapeutic effect.’
      remedial, restorative, curative, reparatory, reparative, rehabilitative, ameliorative
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  • 1The branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease and the action of remedial agents.

    • ‘Finally, therapeutics, which addresses asthma prevention, disease modification, and reversal of underlying mechanisms, are of particular need and importance.’
  • 2A treatment, therapy, or drug.

    ‘current therapeutics for asthma’
    therapy, surgery, medical attention, medical care, care, ministrations, nursing
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Mid 17th century: via modern Latin from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein minister to, treat medically.