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[si-kahy-uh-trist, sahy-] /sɪˈkaɪ ə trɪst, saɪ-/
a physician who practices psychiatry.
Origin of psychiatrist
First recorded in 1885-90; psychiatr(y) + -ist
Can be confused Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The psychiatrist who'd muttered: "Impossible," was still muttering it.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • George said he had tried to get her to see a psychiatrist but she refused.

    Compatible Richard R. Smith
  • The program is usually under the direction of a psychiatrist.

  • The psychiatrist can diagnose anything from rum-thirst to sudden death.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Let's face it, any psychiatrist will tell you that's enough cause for neurosis.

    Know Thy Neighbor Elisabeth R. Lewis
Word Origin and History for psychiatrist

1875, from psychiatry + -ist.

A psychiatrist is a man who goes to the Folies Bergère and looks at the audience. [Anglican Bishop Mervyn Stockwood, 1961]
An older name was mad-doctor (1703); also psychiater "expert in mental diseases" (1852), from Greek psyche + iatros. Also cf. alienist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychiatrist in Medicine

psychiatrist psy·chi·a·trist (sĭ-kī'ə-trĭst, sī-)
A physician who specializes in psychiatry.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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