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WORDS THAT USE PSYCH-
What does psych- mean?
Psych– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning either “psyche” or “psychological.” Psyche denotes “the human soul, spirit, or mind,” while psychological is a related yet distinct term that means “pertaining to psychology, the science of the mind or of mental states.” Psych– is often used in medical and technical terms, especially in psychology.
Psych– comes from Greek psȳchḗ, meaning “breath, spirit, soul, mind.” For more on the meaning of this word in Ancient Greek mythology, read our entry for psyche. The word psyche is at the root of the term psychedelic, which refers to the effect of hallucinogenic drugs.
What are variants of psych-?
Psych– is a variant of psycho–, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article about psycho-.
Examples of psych-
One example of a term you may be familiar with that features the form psych– is psychiatry, “the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.”
The psych– part of the word means “mind,” and –iatry means “healing” or “medical practice,” from Greek iātreía. Psychiatry literally means “mind healing” or “the practice of healing the psyche.”
What are some words that use the combining form psych-?
- psychic (using the equivalent form of psych– in Greek)
- psychosis (using the equivalent form of psych– in Greek)
- psychotic (using the equivalent form of psych– in Greek)
What are some other forms that psych– may be commonly confused with?
How to use psych in a sentence
In a Minnesota VA psych ward, a veteran shoots himself in the head.VA Pays $200 Million for Nearly 1,000 Veterans’ Wrongful Deaths|Aaron Glantz|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Psych was a show always keenly aware of its spot in the pop culture universe.I Watched ‘Psych’ For 8 Years and All I Got Was This Lackluster Finale|Chancellor Agard|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After close to a two-year wait, Psych: The Musical will finally air this Sunday on USA.
Why couldn't they find a psych bed anywhere in southwestern Virginia for Gus Deeds?
Every inmate admitted into the Arizona Department of Corrections is required to take a mandatory psych test.
Usually crews that had to wait hours before passing through psych raised a big fuss.
That was the trouble with crews of ships when they thought they might be held up by psych over something.
The psych man was wearing his Star Watcher helmet and had a B-gun strapped at his side.What Rough Beast?|Jefferson Highe
And if I involved myself in any conspiracy against the Lhari, they'd find it out in the routine psych-checking.The Colors of Space|Marion Zimmer Bradley
And we've learned enough individual psych to do some real indoctrinating!The Sensitive Man|Poul William Anderson