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 Dictionary entry overview: What does therapy mean? 

THERAPY (noun)
  The noun THERAPY has 1 sense:

1. (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)

  Familiarity information: THERAPY used as a noun is very rare.

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THERAPY (noun)

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(medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context examples:

the quarterback is undergoing treatment for a knee injury / he tried every treatment the doctors suggested / heat therapy gave the best relief

Hypernyms ("therapy" is a kind of...):

medical aid; medical care (professional treatment for illness or injury)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "therapy"):

chemotherapy (the use of chemical agents to treat or control disease (or mental illness))

physiatrics; physical therapy; physiotherapy (therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities)

botanical medicine; herbal therapy; phytotherapy (the use of plants or plant extracts for medicinal purposes (especially plants that are not part of the normal diet))

psychotherapy (the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means)

actinotherapy; irradiation; radiation; radiation therapy; radiotherapy ((medicine) the treatment of disease (especially cancer) by exposure to a radioactive substance)

shock therapy; shock treatment (treatment of certain psychotic states by the administration of shocks that are followed by convulsions)

speech therapy (any therapy intended to correct a disorder of speech)

refrigeration (deliberately lowering the body's temperature for therapeutic purposes)

thermotherapy (the use of heat to treat a disease or disorder; heating pads or hot compresses or hot-water bottles are used to promote circulation in peripheral vascular disease or to relax tense muscles)

megavitamin therapy (therapy based on a theory that taking very large doses of vitamins will prevent or cure physical or psychological disorders)

medication (the act of treating with medicines or remedies)

correction (treatment of a specific defect)

electric healing; electrical healing; electrotherapy; galvanism (the therapeutic application of electricity to the body (as in the treatment of various forms of paralysis))

heliotherapy; insolation (therapeutic exposure to sunlight)

hormone replacement therapy; hormone-replacement therapy; HRT (hormones (estrogen and progestin) are given to postmenopausal women; believed to protect them from heart disease and osteoporosis)

immunotherapy (therapy designed to produce immunity to a disease or to enhance resistance by the immune system)

infrared therapy (the use of infrared radiation (as by infrared lamps or heating pads or hot water bottles) to relieve pain and increase circulation to a particular area of the body)

inflation therapy (therapy in which water or oxygen or a drug is introduced into the respiratory tract with inhaled air)

electromotive drug administration; EMDA; ionic medication; iontophoresis; iontotherapy (therapy that uses a local electric current to introduce the ions of a medicine into the tissues)

thrombolytic therapy (therapy consisting of the administration of a pharmacological agent to cause thrombolysis of an abnormal blood clot)

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