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a combining form occurring in compound words that have the general sense “healing, medical practice,” with the initial element usually denoting the area treated:
podiatry; psychiatry.
Origin of -iatry
< Greek iātreía healing. See iatro-, -y3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -iatry


combining form
indicating healing or medical treatment: psychiatry Compare -iatrics
Derived Forms
-iatric, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from New Latin -iatria, from Greek iatreia the healing art, from iatros healer, physician
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Word Origin and History for -iatry

word-forming element meaning "medical treatment," from French -iatrie, from Greek iatreia "healing, medical treatment" (see -iatric).

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-iatry in Medicine

-iatry suff.
Medical treatment: psychiatry.

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