Definition of therapeutic in US English:



  • 1Relating to the healing of disease.

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