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  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.
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Origin of psychopathology

First recorded in 1840–50; psycho- + pathology
Related formspsy·cho·path·o·log·i·cal [sahy-koh-path-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌpæθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, psy·cho·path·o·log·ic, adjectivepsy·cho·pa·thol·o·gist, noun
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Contemporary Examples of psychopathology

Historical Examples of psychopathology

  • To many, they represent a psychopathology or a sociopathology.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

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


    G. G. Putnam and Others

  • For more than a decade, in handling nervous cases, I have made use of the findings of recognized authorities on psychopathology.

    Outwitting Our Nerves

    Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for psychopathology


  1. the scientific study of mental disorders
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Derived Formspsychopathological (ˌsaɪkəʊˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepsychopathologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychopathology


1847, from psycho- + pathology, on model of German psychopathologie.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychopathology in Medicine


  1. The study of the origin, development, and manifestations of mental or behavioral disorders.
  2. The manifestation of a mental or behavioral disorder.
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