[ si-kahy-uh-tree, sahy- ]
/ sɪˈkaɪ ə tri, saɪ- /
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the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.
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OTHER WORDS FROM psychiatrypsy·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
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH psychiatrypsychiatry , psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy
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How to use psychiatry in a sentence
Psychiatrically, stupors have long remained an unsolved riddle.Benign Stupors|August Hoch
British Dictionary definitions for psychiatry
/ (saɪˈkaɪətrɪ) /
the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
Derived forms of psychiatrypsychiatrist, noun
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Scientific definitions for psychiatry
[ sĭ-kī′ə-trē ]
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
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Cultural definitions for 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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