psychopharmacology

[ sahy-koh-fahr-muh-kol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˌfɑr məˈkɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the branch of pharmacology dealing with the psychological effects of drugs.

Origin of psychopharmacology

First recorded in 1915–20; psycho- + pharmacology

Related forms

psy·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
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British Dictionary definitions for psychopharmacology

psychopharmacology

/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˌfɑːməˈkɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of drugs that affect the mind

Derived Forms

psychopharmacological (ˌsaɪkəʊˌfɑːməkəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepsychopharmacologist, noun
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Medicine definitions for psychopharmacology

psychopharmacology

[ sī′kō-fär′mə-kŏlə-jē ]

n.

The branch of pharmacology dealing with the study of the actions and the effects of psychoactive drugs.

Related forms

psy′cho•phar′ma•co•logic (-kə-lŏjĭk) null adj.
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Science definitions for psychopharmacology

psychopharmacology

[ sī′kō-fär′mə-kŏlə-jē ]

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