psych iatrical

psychiatry

[si-kahy-uh-tree, sahy-]
noun
the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.

Origin:
1840–50; psych- + -iatry

psychiatric [sahy-kee-a-trik] , psychiatrical, adjective
psychiatrically, adverb
nonpsychiatric, adjective

psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy.
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psychiatry (saɪˈkaɪətrɪ)
 
n
the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders
 
psy'chiatrist
 
n

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psychiatry
1846, from Fr. psychiatrie, from M.L. psychiatria, lit. "a healing of the soul," from Gk. psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + iatreia "healing, care." Psychiatrist first recorded 1890; the older name was mad-doctor (1703).
"A psychiatrist is a man who goes to the Folies Bergère and looks at the audience." [Anglican Bishop Mervyn Stockwood, 1961]
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psychiatry psy·chi·a·try (sĭ-kī'ə-trē, sī-)
n.
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.

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psychiatry   (sĭ-kī'ə-trē)  Pronunciation Key 
The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders.
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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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