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psychopathology

[ sahy-koh-puh-thol-uh-jee ]

noun

  1. the science or study of mental disorders.
  2. the conditions and processes of a mental disorder.
  3. a pathological deviation from normal or efficient behavior; psychosis.


psychopathology

/ ˌsaɪkəʊˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl; ˌsaɪkəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ /

noun

  1. the scientific study of mental disorders


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Derived Forms

  • psychopathological, adjective
  • ˌpsychopaˈthologist, noun
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Other Words From

  • psy·cho·path·o·log·i·cal [sahy-koh-path-, uh, -, loj, -i-k, uh, l], psycho·patho·logic adjective
  • psycho·pa·tholo·gist noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of psychopathology1

First recorded in 1840–50; psycho- + pathology
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Example Sentences

This image reveals the brain abnormalities associated with the psychopathology.

It is hard to make much sense of him, too, without the language of psychopathology.

In any case, increased understanding of psychopathology in understanding filicide can only help, he said.

But Dr. Prause is emphatic that her research finds no evidence of psychopathology in asexuals.

The opportunity for this is given in any text-book on legal medicine, forensic psychopathology, and criminal psychology.

In my Psychopathology of Everyday Life (first published in 1901), you will find only too many instances for the study of errors.

If human society was better acquainted with psychopathology a great deal of conjugal misunderstanding and misery would be avoided.

To many, they represent a psychopathology or a sociopathology.

That might have been foreseen by any one at all familiar with the psychopathology of reform.

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