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psychiatry

[si-kahy-uh-tree, sahy-]
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noun
  1. the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.
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Origin of psychiatry

First recorded in 1840–50; psych- + -iatry
Related formspsy·chi·at·ric [sahy-kee-a-trik] /ˌsaɪ kiˈæ trɪk/, psy·chi·at·ri·cal, adjectivepsy·chi·at·ri·cal·ly, adverbnon·psy·chi·at·ric, adjective
Can be confusedpsychiatry psychology psychoanalysis psychotherapy
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Related Words for psychiatric

psychiatric, deranged, disturbed, lunatic, mad, maniac, mindless, nuts, psychotic, unbalanced, unstable, fruity, loco, nutsy

Examples from the Web for psychiatric

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Historical Examples of psychiatric

  • The psychiatric expert must examine all such cases with the utmost care.

  • So much for the technical, psychiatric aspects of the stupor problem.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Perhaps we can collaborate on an article for the psychiatric journals.

    At the Post

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • Jack, successful in his own psychiatric practice, had more difficulty when he drove or flew from Boston to see her.

  • Telenosis, nowadays, is confined almost exclusively to use in psychiatric hospitals and corrective institutions.

    The Telenizer

    Don Thompson


British Dictionary definitions for psychiatric

psychiatric

psychiatrical

adjective
  1. of or relating to mental illness or psychiatry
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Derived Formspsychiatrically, adverb

psychiatry

noun
  1. the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
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Derived Formspsychiatrist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychiatric

adj.

1847, from French psychiatrique or else coined in English from psychiatry + -ic.

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psychiatry

n.

1846, from French psychiatrie, from Medieval Latin psychiatria, literally "a healing of the soul," from Latinized form of Greek psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + iatreia "healing, care" (see -iatric).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychiatric in Medicine

psychiatric

(sī′kē-ătrĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to psychiatry.
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psychiatry

(sĭ-kīə-trē, sī-)
n.
  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
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psychiatric in Science

psychiatry

[sĭ-kīə-trē]
  1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
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psychiatric in Culture

psychiatry

[(seye-keye-uh-tree, si-keye-uh-tree)]

The medical science that studies and treats mental illness and mental maladjustment. Psychiatrists treat mental disorders; psychologists study mental activities, whether healthy or disordered. In the United States, psychiatrists usually hold the degree of doctor of medicine (M.D.) and may prescribe medication for their patients.

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