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[ther-uh-pyoo-tik] /ˌθɛr əˈpyu tɪk/

adjective, Also, therapeutical
of or relating to the treating or curing of disease; curative.
a therapeutic substance.
of or relating to the treatment of disease; curative
serving or performed to maintain health: therapeutic abortion

pertaining to the healing of disease, 1640s, probably shortened from therapeutical (c.1600), from Modern Latin therapeuticus “curing, healing,” from Greek therapeutikos, from therapeutes “one ministering,” from therapeutein “to cure, treat,” of unknown origin, related to therapon (genitive therapontos) “attendant.” Therapeutic was used from 1540s as a noun meaning “the branch of medicine concerned with treatment of disease.”

therapeutic ther·a·peu·tic (thěr’ə-pyōō’tĭk) or ther·a·peu·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)


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