Definition of therapy in English:

therapy

noun

  • 1Treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.

    ‘a course of antibiotic therapy’
    ‘cancer therapies’
    • ‘They may have tried over-the-counter preparations, dietary exclusions, or alternative therapies.’
    • ‘The subject of alternative therapies for cancer stirs quite a debate within the field of oncology.’
    • ‘However, drug therapies that target the dopamine system may be on the horizon.’
    • ‘Combination therapies usually contain drugs from two of these classes.’
    • ‘He believes more and more people are turning to homeopathy, herbal medicine, and other therapies.’
    • ‘New targeted therapies are largely responsible for the increased survival rates.’
    • ‘The holistic therapies might lead medicine back towards the holism of the ancient systems.’
    • ‘The preferable option would be for these therapies to be administered in the patient's home or workplace.’
    • ‘Prices have gone up a bit, but, as with all holistic therapies, the more you pay the more it's worth.’
    • ‘Hormone therapy will bring about physical and perhaps psychogenic changes.’
    • ‘These medical therapies are aimed at reducing the viral load and hence induce early remission.’
    • ‘Combining two or more of these therapies has a cumulative effect on pain reduction.’
    • ‘Complementary therapies such as osteopathy and acupuncture are popular.’
    • ‘Biological therapies help the body's immune system to attack cancer cells.’
    • ‘Many of the standard radiation and drug therapies now used to treat cancers can have serious side effects.’
    • ‘Genomics is promoting a tremendous interest in novel therapies of which gene therapies will be only a minority.’
    • ‘Many health and fitness salons provide hair salons, beauty treatments and massage therapies.’
    • ‘Whether in the guise of new drugs or new therapies, technology is costly.’
    • ‘Gene therapies could allow new approaches, or help existing treatments work better.’
    • ‘He adds that in the future this gene may also be used as a specific target for cancer therapies.’
    • ‘Many patients receiving these new therapies respond rapidly to them and get a lot of clinical benefit.’
    treatment, remedy, cure, remedial treatment, method of healing
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    1. 1.1 The treatment of mental or psychological disorders by psychological means.
      ‘he is currently in therapy’
      as modifier ‘therapy sessions’
      • ‘I've been thinking about therapy so now the possibility or seeing my old psychologist looms.’
      • ‘If you couldn't hold out the hope of being able to deal with the problem, there would be no point in therapy at all.’
      • ‘Two years ago she told a magazine that her childhood scars drove her to seek therapy.’
      • ‘He was a devotee of therapy and continued to see his psychoanalyst in the home.’
      • ‘The evidence concerns a kind of psychological therapy known as debriefing.’
      • ‘There is also psychotherapy which uses the birth chart as an aid to the therapy process.’
      • ‘I made the point that psychological research and therapy have two extremely different goals.’
      • ‘As interested as you no doubt are in my childhood days, this is not a public therapy session.’
      • ‘Low sexual desire is rapidly becoming the most common issue treated in psychosexual therapy.’
      • ‘While attending the therapy sessions he noted a slight improvement in his condition.’
      • ‘I may end up in therapy for months and the potential for embarrassment is endless.’
      • ‘You know it was bad enough in therapy having to relive my childhood but this is so much worse.’
      • ‘Arthur sounds like someone who has been in therapy; he sounds, in fact, like my dad.’
      • ‘One visit to the local psychotherapist later it's his parents that need the therapy not him.’
      • ‘Mental training can, like therapy, take time to produce the desired effects.’
      • ‘All three films feel like confessionals, or more accurately therapy sessions.’
      • ‘He is also having weekly therapy sessions with a clinical psychiatrist to keep him sane.’
      • ‘Relate offers both a diploma and a Masters in couples therapy, as well as a diploma in psychosexual therapy.’
      • ‘She has confessed she has been in therapy because she thinks she's a bad mother.’
      • ‘Judy was in therapy for months, before stopping it entirely back in January.’
      psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, analysis
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia ‘healing’, from therapeuein ‘minister to, treat medically’.

Pronunciation

therapy

/ˈTHerəpē//ˈθɛrəpi/