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[si-kahy-uh-trist, sahy-] /sɪˈkaɪ ə trɪst, saɪ-/
a physician who practices psychiatry.
Origin of psychiatrist
1885-90; psychiatr(y) + -ist
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for psychiatrist
  • My depressed friend's psychiatrist prescribes her a drug that makes it difficult to get out of bed.
  • He's become a driving psychiatrist of sorts, a traffic confessor.
  • The next morning he had an emergency appointment with his psychiatrist.
  • At one point, when a psychiatrist was called, he objected.
  • Schwartz is a psychiatrist and a long-time libertarian.
  • Any country contemplating entry into the euro zone at this point in time should see a qualified psychiatrist first.
  • It seems only a certified psychiatrist is qualified to foresee what this newspaper will come up with next.
  • One reportedly told his psychiatrist that goats were talking to him.
  • One doctor suggested he might have emotional problems and referred him to a psychiatrist.
  • In addition, he is being treated now by a forensic psychiatrist.
Word Origin and History for psychiatrist

1875, from psychiatry + -ist.

A psychiatrist is a man who goes to the Folies Bergère and looks at the audience. [Anglican Bishop Mervyn Stockwood, 1961]
An older name was mad-doctor (1703); also psychiater "expert in mental diseases" (1852), from Greek psyche + iatros. Also cf. alienist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychiatrist in Medicine

psychiatrist psy·chi·a·trist (sĭ-kī'ə-trĭst, sī-)
A physician who specializes in psychiatry.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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