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psychiatry

[si-kahy-uh-tree, sahy-] /sɪˈkaɪ ə tri, saɪ-/
noun
1.
the practice or science of diagnosing and treating mental disorders.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; psych- + -iatry
Related forms
psychiatric
[sahy-kee-a-trik] /ˌsaɪ kiˈæ trɪk/ (Show IPA),
psychiatrical, adjective
psychiatrically, adverb
nonpsychiatric, adjective
Can be confused
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Examples for psychiatric
  • Bottles of psychiatric medications fill the shelves.
  • More students seek counseling and take psychiatric medication.
  • Large parental age differences increase the risk for psychiatric disorders, whereas other environmental factors decrease risk.
  • The procedure was used-and in retrospect greatly overused-as a treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders.
  • Colleges accustomed to guide dogs now grapple with demands to allow ferrets and snakes that provide psychiatric support.
  • Ling and his colleagues excluded people with chronic diseases or psychiatric conditions.
  • More often they can't get the psychiatric care that's necessary for the traumas that war has inflicted on them.
  • Yet the resources devoted to them are much scantier than those offered in psychiatric hospitals.
  • In addition, it provides options for those with less severe psychiatric problems.
  • Should recommended this sicken people stay away from confusing people and go seeking psychiatric treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for psychiatric

psychiatry

/saɪˈkaɪətrɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
Derived Forms
psychiatrist, noun

psychiatric

/ˌsaɪkɪˈætrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to mental illness or psychiatry
Derived Forms
psychiatrically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychiatric
adj.

1847, from French psychiatrique or else coined in English from psychiatry + -ic.

psychiatry

n.

1846, from French psychiatrie, from Medieval Latin psychiatria, literally "a healing of the soul," from Latinized form of Greek psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + iatreia "healing, care" (see -iatric).

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psychiatric in Medicine

psychiatric psy·chi·at·ric (sī'kē-āt'rĭk)
adj.
Of or relating to psychiatry.

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