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.
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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
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