psychiatry

[si-kahy-uh-tree, sahy-]

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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Examples from the Web for psychiatry

Contemporary Examples of psychiatry

Historical Examples of psychiatry

  • The history of psychiatry and sorcery proves that we are not exaggerating.

  • Psychiatry and psychology, neither of which I have any love for.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • One of the chief purposes of psychiatry is to separate fantasy from reality.

    Texas Week

    Albert Hernhuter

  • If you had spoken to him of psychiatry he would not have understood you.

    The Valley of Vision

    Henry Van Dyke

  • That writer might have read an article on psychiatry—even two articles.


British Dictionary definitions for psychiatry

psychiatry

noun
  1. 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 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychiatry in Medicine

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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psychiatry 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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psychiatry 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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