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[si-kahy-uh-trist, sahy-] /sɪˈkaɪ ə trɪst, saɪ-/
a physician who practices psychiatry.
1885-90; psychiatr(y) + -ist
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  • The psychiatrists have in this field much too early rejected the solidity of the psychic structure.
  • Many students have considerable experience working with therapists and psychiatrists before they arrive at art colleges.
  • It's an alluring prospect, but the approach is still viewed with some suspicion by mainstream psychiatrists.
  • So psychiatrists worry that the labels will scare away patients in need of medication.
  • Nor were they incompetent, according to the psychiatrists who examined them.
  • Barbiturates were promising, and were already used effectively by psychiatrists to help with therapy.
  • Vitamins were discovered, whereupon vitamin-deficiency psychiatric disorders no longer were treated by psychiatrists.
  • They cannot have clients evaluated by psychiatrists.
  • psychiatrists now realise that there is something else in between.
  • So can the many psychiatrists who are not concerned with the biological aspects of their subjects.
Word Origin and History for psychiatrists



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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psychiatrists in Medicine

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

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