treatment - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process of providing medical care
    treatment of:

    These drugs are for the treatment of tropical diseases.

    treatment for:

    They were taken to Cape Cod hospital for treatment for burns and smoke inhalation.

    receive/undergo treatment:

    She was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

    respond to treatment (=improve because of it):

    The patient is responding well to treatment.

    1. a.
      [countable] a particular method or type of medical care
      treatment for:

      They have developed a revolutionary new treatment for heroin addiction.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the particular way in which you deal with someone
    treatment of:

    the treatment of prisoners

    preferential treatment (=better treatment than anyone else):

    It was discovered that one group got preferential treatment.

    1. a.
      the way in which a subject is dealt with, especially in art or literature
      treatment of:

      The book’s treatment of village life is very realistic.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a process in which a substance is put on something, for example in order to preserve or clean it
    treatment of:

    This is a new product for the treatment of industrial waste.