Therapeutic use of water by external application, either for its pressure effect or as a means of applying physical energy to the tissues. SYN: hydrotherapeutics. [hydro- + G. therapeia, therapy]

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hy·dro·ther·a·py -'ther-ə-pē n, pl -pies the therapeutic use of water (as in a whirlpool bath) compare HYDROPATHY

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the use of water in the treatment of disorders, now restricted in orthodox medicine to exercises done in remedial swimming pools for the rehabilitation of arthritic or partially paralysed patients.

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hy·dro·ther·a·py (hi″dro-therґə-pe) [hydro- + therapy] the application of water in any form, but usually externally, in the treatment of disease.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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