adjective Etymology: Greek therapeutikos, from therapeuein to attend, treat, from theraps attendant Date: 1646 1. of or relating to the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods <
a therapeutic rather than a diagnostic specialty
2. providing or assisting in a cure ; curative, medicinal <
therapeutic diets
a therapeutic investigation of government waste
therapeutic nountherapeutically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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