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[sahy-koh-puh-thol-uh-jee] /ˌsaɪ koʊ pəˈθɒl ə dʒi/
the science or study of mental disorders.
the conditions and processes of a mental disorder.
a pathological deviation from normal or efficient behavior; psychosis.
Origin of psychopathology
First recorded in 1840-50; psycho- + pathology
Related forms
[sahy-koh-path-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌpæθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
psychopathologic, adjective
psychopathologist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychopathology
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  • To many, they represent a psychopathology or a sociopathology.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • That might have been foreseen by any one at all familiar with the psychopathology of reform.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • For more than a decade, in handling nervous cases, I have made use of the findings of recognized authorities on psychopathology.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • In my psychopathology of Everyday Life (first published in 1901), you will find only too many instances for the study of errors.

  • If human society was better acquainted with psychopathology a great deal of conjugal misunderstanding and misery would be avoided.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
British Dictionary definitions for psychopathology


the scientific study of mental disorders
Derived Forms
psychopathological (ˌsaɪkəʊˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
psychopathologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychopathology

1847, from psycho- + pathology, on model of German psychopathologie.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychopathology in Medicine

psychopathology psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy (sī'kō-pə-thŏl'ə-jē, -pā-)
The study of the origin, development, and manifestations of mental or behavioral disorders.

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