Definition of therapy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθerəpi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθerəpi//
    (pl. therapies) Mental health care, Conventional medicine
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the treatment of a physical problem or an illness Most leukaemia patients undergo some sort of drug therapy (= treatment using drugs). alternative/complementary/natural therapies (= treatments that do not use traditional drugs) CollocationsIllnessesBecoming ill catch a cold/​an infectious disease/​the flu/(British English) flu/​pneumonia/​a virus/(informal) a bug get (British English) ill/(North American English) sick/​a disease/​AIDS/​breast cancer/​a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu/​a migraine come down with a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu contract a deadly disease/​a serious illness/​HIV/​AIDS be infected with a virus/​a parasite/​HIV develop cancer/​diabetes/​a rash/​an ulcer/​symptoms of hepatitis have a heart attack/​a stroke provoke/​trigger/​produce an allergic reaction block/​burst/​rupture a blood vessel damage/​sever a nerve/​an artery/​a tendonBeing ill feel (British English) ill/​sick/​nauseous/​queasy be running (British English) a temperature/(North American English) a fever have a head cold/​diabetes/​heart disease/​lung cancer/​a headache/(British English) a high temperature/(North American English) a fever suffer from asthma/​malnutrition/​frequent headaches/​bouts of depression/​a mental disorder be laid up with/ (British English) be in bed with a cold/​the flu/(British English) flu/​a migraine nurse a cold/​a headache/​a hangover battle/​fight cancer/​depression/​addiction/​alcoholismTreatments examine a patient diagnose a condition/​disease/​disorder be diagnosed with cancer/​diabetes/​schizophrenia prescribe/​be given/​be on/​take drugs/​medicine/​medication/​pills/​painkillers/​antibiotics treat somebody for cancer/​depression/​shock have/​undergo an examination/​an operation/​surgery/​a kidney transplant/​therapy/​chemotherapy/​treatment for cancer have/​be given an injection/(British English) a flu jab/(North American English) a flu shot/​a blood transfusion/​a scan/​an X-ray cure a disease/​an ailment/​cancer/​a headache/​a patient prevent the spread of disease/​further outbreaks/​damage to the lungs be vaccinated against the flu/(British English) flu/​the measles/(British English) measles/​polio/​smallpox enhance/​boost/​confer/​build immunity to a disease See related entries: Mental health care, Conventional medicine
  2. 2[uncountable] = psychotherapy a therapy group She's in therapy. See related entries: Mental health care
  3. see also chemotherapy, group therapy, hormone replacement therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiotherapy, retail therapy, speech therapy
    Word Originmid 19th cent.: from modern Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia ‘healing’, from therapeuein ‘minister to, treat medically’.Extra examples He will have to have speech therapy. I went into therapy because my doctor suggested it. She indulged in a bit of retail therapy. They discuss their problems in group therapy sessions. the efficacy of cognitive behavioural/​behavioral therapy the use of hypnosis as a form of therapy Most patients undergo some sort of drug therapy for leukaemia. She has trained in alternative therapies.
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