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therapy  


      n   pl   , -pies  
a    the treatment of physical, mental, or social disorders or disease  
b    (in combination)  
physiotherapy, electrotherapy     
     (C19: from New Latin therapia, from Greek therapeia attendance; see therapeutic)  


aversion therapy  
      n     (Psychiatry)   a method of suppressing an undesirable habit, such as excessive smoking, by causing the subject to associate an unpleasant effect, such as an electric shock or nausea, with the habit  
behaviour therapy  
      n   any of various means of treating psychological disorders, such as desensitization, aversion therapy, and instrumental conditioning, that depend on the patient systematically learning new modes of behaviour  
client-centred therapy  
      n     (Psychol)   a form of psychotherapy in which the therapist makes no attempt to interpret what the patient says but encourages him to develop his own attitudes and insights, often by questioning him  
cognitive therapy  
      n     (Psychol)   a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is encouraged to change the way he sees the world and himself: used particularly to treat depression  
deep therapy  
      n   radiotherapy with very penetrating short-wave radiation  
electroconvulsive therapy  
      n     (Med)   the treatment of certain psychotic conditions by passing an electric current through the brain to induce coma or convulsions,   (Abbrev.)    ECT     (Also called)    electroshock therapy      See also       shock therapy  
electroshock therapy  
      n      another name for       electroconvulsive therapy  
family therapy  
      n   a form of psychotherapy in which the members of a family participate, with the aim of improving communications between them and the ways in which they relate to each other  
fever therapy  
      n   a former method of treating disease by raising the body temperature  
   Compare       cryotherapy  
gene therapy  
      n   the replacement or alteration of defective genes in order to prevent the occurrence of such inherited diseases as haemophilia. Effected by genetic engineering techniques, it is still at the experimental stage  
group therapy  
      n     (Psychol)   the simultaneous treatment of a number of individuals who are members of a natural group or who are brought together to share their problems in group discussion  
hormone replacement therapy  
      n   a form of oestrogen treatment used to control menopausal symptoms and in the prevention of osteoporosis,   (Abbrev.)    HRT  
nondirective therapy  
      n     (Psychiatry)      another name for       client-centred therapy  
occupational therapy  
      n     (Med)   treatment of people with physical, emotional, or social problems, using purposeful activity to help them overcome or learn to deal with their problems  
  occupational therapist      n  
physical therapy  
      n      another term for       physiotherapy  
primal therapy  
      n     (Psychol)   a form of psychotherapy in which patients are encouraged to scream abusively about their parents and agonizingly about their own suffering in infancy,   (Also called)    primal scream therapy, scream therapy  
     (C20: from the book The Primal Scream (1970) by Arthur Janov, US psychologist, who originated the treatment)  
radium therapy  
      n   treatment of disease, esp. cancer, by exposing affected tissues to radiation from radium  
root-canal therapy  
      n      another name for       root treatment  
scream therapy  
      n      another name for       primal therapy  
sex therapy  
      n   treatment by counselling, behaviour modification, etc., for psychosexual and physical problems in sexual intercourse  
  sex therapist      n  
shock therapy   , treatment  
      n   the treatment of certain psychotic conditions by injecting drugs or by passing an electric current through the brain (electroconvulsive therapy) to produce convulsions or coma  
speech therapy  
      n   treatment to improve the speech of children who have difficulty in learning to speak, for example because of partial deafness or brain damage, or to help restore the power of speech to adults who have lost it or partly lost it through accident or illness  
  speech therapist      n  
supportive therapy  
      n  
1      (Med)   any treatment, such as the intravenous administration of certain fluids, designed to reinforce or sustain the physiological well-being of a patient  
2      (Psychol)   a form of therapy for mental disturbances employing guidance and encouragement to develop the patient's own resources  
X-ray therapy  
      n     (Med)   the therapeutic use of X-rays  
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