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.

Nearby words

  1. -ian,
  2. -iana,
  3. -iasis,
  4. -iatric,
  5. -iatrics,
  6. -ibility,
  7. -ible,
  8. -ibly,
  9. -ic,
  10. -ical

Origin of -iatry

< Greek iātreía healing. See iatro-, -y3

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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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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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Medicine definitions for -iatry



Medical treatment:psychiatry.

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