Origin of psychopharmacology

First recorded in 1915–20; psycho- + pharmacology
Related formspsy·cho·phar·ma·co·log·ic [sahy-koh-fahr-muh-kuh-loj-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌfɑr mə kəˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, psy·cho·phar·ma·co·log·i·cal, adjectivepsy·cho·phar·ma·co·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpsy·cho·phar·ma·col·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for psychopharmacology


  1. the study of drugs that affect the mind
Derived Formspsychopharmacological (ˌsaɪkəʊˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepsychopharmacologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychopharmacology

also psycho-pharmacology, 1919, from psycho- + pharmacology. Related: Psychopharmacological.

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psychopharmacology in Medicine


  1. The branch of pharmacology dealing with the study of the actions and the effects of psychoactive drugs.
Related formspsy′cho•phar′ma•co•logic (-kə-lŏjĭk) null adj.
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psychopharmacology in Science


  1. The study and clinical use of drugs that affect the mind, especially those that are used to treat psychiatric disorders.
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