Treatment is a broad terms that has two main definitions.
The first definition of treatments is a medicine, cure, or topical application that is used for a condition, symptoms, illness, or injury.
The second definition of ‘treatment‘ is the actions that are taken by an individual towards another individual or other entity. For example, the manager treated their team with respect. The treatment that the team received was considered exemplary.
The word ‘treatment’ in both of the above contexts is a noun. A noun is a word that is used to describe something such as an object or group of objects, or a person, place, an action, or an attribute/quality displayed by a living thing.
You can read more about nouns and other word types in the What is a Noun section of Write Correctly.
The Official Definition of Treatment
The definition of ‘Treatment’ in the Cambridge dictionary includes:
‘the way you deal with or behave towards someone or something‘
‘the way something is considered and examined’
‘the use of drugs, exercises, etc. to cure a person of an illness or injury‘
All the above examples are nouns.
Example Sentences with the Word Treatments
- The treatments that the doctor prescribed for his patient have worked well.
- The team captain demonstrated exemplary treatment of his team.
- Treatments include antibiotics.
- The teacher should give all her pupils the same treatment and attention during lessons.
- The dispensary at the doctor’s clinic always has a good selection of treatments in stock.
General Context or the Word Treatment
Treatment towards people can be positive or negative. Someone may be treated with respect, whilst someone else may be disrespected. The actions or showing respect, or otherwise, are both examples of a way that an individual can treat another. Other words used to describe ‘treatment’ of one person towards another include empathy, compassion, care, dignity, and love.
Treatments are available in a wide variety of forms. Many people when thinking about objects as treatments, immediately think of medicines that are taken orally in tablet or capsule form. However, treatments can include creams, ointments, and lotions that are applied to the skin, the use of medical devices, including TENS machines and massage implements (tools or apparatus) used to manipulate muscles, as well as other treatments that can include specific exercises, meditation, and even dietary additions (or changes) recommended by a healthcare professional such as a doctor. We get used to seeing treatments more and more on the internet, offered by health food stores, pharmacies, and online clinics that include this online clinic that is based in the UK.
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