psychiatry

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

noun

the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.

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Origin of psychiatry

First recorded in 1840–50; psych- + -iatry

OTHER WORDS FROM psychiatry

psy·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 psychiatry

psychiatry psychology psychoanalysis psychotherapy
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British Dictionary definitions for psychiatry

psychiatry
/ (saɪˈkaɪətrɪ) /

noun

the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness

Derived forms of psychiatry

psychiatrist, noun
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Medical definitions for 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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Scientific definitions for psychiatry

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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Cultural definitions for psychiatry

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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