psychiatry

[ si-kahy-uh-tree, sahy- ]
/ sɪˈkaɪ ə tri, saɪ- /

noun

the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.

Nearby words

  1. psychedelicize,
  2. psychiatric,
  3. psychiatric hospital,
  4. psychiatric social worker,
  5. psychiatrist,
  6. psychic,
  7. psychic bid,
  8. psychic determinism,
  9. psychic distance,
  10. psychic energizer

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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British Dictionary definitions for psychiatric

psychiatric

psychiatrical

/ (ˌsaɪkɪˈætrɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to mental illness or psychiatry
Derived Formspsychiatrically, adverb

psychiatry

/ (saɪˈkaɪətrɪ) /

noun

the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
Derived Formspsychiatrist, noun

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Word Origin and History for psychiatric
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Medicine definitions for psychiatric

psychiatric

[ sī′kē-ătrĭk ]

adj.

Of or relating to psychiatry.

psychiatry

[ sĭ-kīə-trē, sī- ]

n.

The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.

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Science definitions for psychiatric

psychiatry

[ sĭ-kīə-trē ]

The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
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Culture definitions for psychiatric

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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