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treat +‎ -ment. Compare French traitement.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹiːtmənt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: treat‧ment


treatment (countable and uncountable, plural treatments)

  1. The process or manner of treating someone or something.
    He still has nightmares resulting from the treatment he received from his captors.
  2. Medical care for an illness or injury.
    A treatment or cure is applied after a medical problem has already started.
    Cancer survivors who got radiation treatments as children have nearly twice the risk of developing diabetes as adults.
    The change is due largely to the increased availability of antiretroviral treatment.
  3. The use of a substance or process to preserve or give particular properties to something.
  4. (countable) A treatise; a formal written description or characterization of a subject.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
      Firstly, I continue to base most species treatments on personally collected material, rather than on herbarium plants.
  5. (countable, film) A brief, third-person, present-tense summary of a proposed film.
  6. (obsolete) entertainment; treat

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