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.
English Affixes From A To Z: A One-Stop List Of Suffixes, Prefixes, and Combining FormsIn English, we love to make new words by adding all sorts of bits to the front and back of existing terms. These are called affixes, and they are added to the base or stem of a word. When attached to the end of word, the affix is called a suffix. And to the beginning? A prefix.
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British Dictionary definitions for -iatry
n combining form
indicating healing or medical treatmentpsychiatry Compare -iatrics
Derived Forms-iatric, adj combining form
Word Origin for -iatry
from New Latin -iatria, from Greek iatreia the healing art, from iatros healer, physician
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Medicine definitions for -iatry
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