Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
n. (used with a sing. verb)
1. See physical medicine.
2. Physical therapy.
(Medicine) (functioning as singular) med US another name for physiotherapy
[C19: from physio- + -iatrics]
ˌphysiˈatric, ˌphysiˈatrical adj
phy•si•a•try(fɪˈzaɪ ə tri, ˌfɪz iˈæ-)
the medical specialty for the treatment of disease and injury by physical agents, as exercise or heat therapy.
the medical use of natural, nonmanufactured agents. — physiatrical, adj.See also: Medical Specialties
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||physiatrics - therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities|
therapy - (medicine) the act of caring for someone (as by medication or remedial training etc.); "the quarterback is undergoing treatment for a knee injury"; "he tried every treatment the doctors suggested"; "heat therapy gave the best relief"
modality - a method of therapy that involves physical or electrical therapeutic treatment
rehabilitation - the treatment of physical disabilities by massage and electrotherapy and exercises