[ sahy-kot-ik ]
/ saɪˈkɒt ɪk /



Psychiatry. a person afflicted with psychosis.
(loosely) someone who is mentally unstable: I always cross the street when I have to go past that homeless shelter; it's full of psychotics.

someone who exhibits extreme emotion or behavior: My brother turns into a complete psychotic whenever his team loses.

Nearby words

  1. psychotechnics,
  2. psychotechnology,
  3. psychotherapeutics,
  4. psychotherapist,
  5. psychotherapy,
  6. psychotogen,
  7. psychotogenic,
  8. psychotomimetic,
  9. psychotoxic,
  10. psychotronic

Origin of psychotic

First recorded in 1885–85; psych(osis) + -otic

Related formspsy·chot·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·psy·chot·ic, adjectivesem·i·psy·chot·ic, adjectiveun·psy·chot·ic, adjective

Can be confusedneurotic psychotic schizoid schizophrenic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nonpsychotic

British Dictionary definitions for nonpsychotic


/ (saɪˈkɒtɪk) psychiatry /


of, relating to, or characterized by psychosis


a person experiencing psychosis
Derived Formspsychotically, adverb


It is preferable to talk about a person experiencing psychosis rather than a psychotic, which reduces a person's individuality

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Word Origin and History for nonpsychotic
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Medicine definitions for nonpsychotic


[ sī-kŏtĭk ]


Of, relating to, or affected by psychosis.


A person affected by psychosis.

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