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



    BrE BrE//ˈtriːtmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtriːtmənt//
    Medical equipment, Conventional medicine
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] treatment (for something) something that is done to cure an illness or injury, or to make somebody look and feel good He is receiving treatment for shock. She is responding well to treatment. to require hospital/medical treatment There are various treatments available for this condition. Guests at the health spa receive a range of beauty treatments. Wordfinderacute, condition, health, medicine, outbreak, pain, recover, relapse, terminal, treatment 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 Wordfinderacupuncture, chiropractor, complementary medicine, herbalism, holistic, homeopathy, hypnotist, massage, reflexology, treatment See related entries: Medical equipment, Conventional medicine
  2. 2  [uncountable] a way of behaving towards or dealing with a person or thing the brutal treatment of political prisoners Certain city areas have been singled out for special treatment.
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] a way of dealing with or discussing a subject, work of art, etc. Shakespeare’s treatment of madness in ‘King Lear’
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] a process by which something is cleaned, or protected against something a sewage treatment plant treatment for something an effective treatment for dry rot
  5. Extra examples He claims he suffered ill-treatment at the hands of prison officers. He had done nothing to deserve such cruel treatment. He responded well to treatment and is now walking again. He’s in treatment for cocaine addiction. Paramedics are to have extra training in administering on-the-spot treatment. She is receiving treatment for a heart condition. She is still undergoing medical treatment. She was given the VIP treatment after winning a gold medal. She was given the VIP treatment after winning gold for her country at the Sydney Olympics. The treatment meted out to captured soldiers was harsh. When his depression worsened, he decided to seek treatment. You shouldn’t put up with such shabby treatment. a herbal drug that is used in the treatment of dizziness drugs approved for AIDS treatment paramedics trained in administering emergency treatment Guests at the health spa receive a range of beauty and fitness treatments. He may require follow-up treatment. Shakespeare’s treatment of madness in ‘King Lear’ She is responding well to treatment. The treatment lasts about six weeks. a sewage/​water treatment plant
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