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psychopathology

[sahy-koh-puh-thol-uh-jee] /ˌsaɪ koʊ pəˈθɒl ə dʒi/
noun
1.
the science or study of mental disorders.
2.
the conditions and processes of a mental disorder.
3.
a pathological deviation from normal or efficient behavior; psychosis.
Origin of psychopathology
1840-1850
1840-50; psycho- + pathology
Related forms
psychopathological
[sahy-koh-path-uh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˌpæθ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
psychopathologic, adjective
psychopathologist, noun
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  • That might have been foreseen by any one at all familiar with the psychopathology of reform.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • To many, they represent a psychopathology or a sociopathology.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • For more than a decade, in handling nervous cases, I have made use of the findings of recognized authorities on psychopathology.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • In my psychopathology of Everyday Life (first published in 1901), you will find only too many instances for the study of errors.

  • If human society was better acquainted with psychopathology a great deal of conjugal misunderstanding and misery would be avoided.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
British Dictionary definitions for psychopathology

psychopathology

/ˌsaɪkəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the scientific study of mental disorders
Derived Forms
psychopathological (ˌsaɪkəʊˌpæθəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
psychopathologist, noun
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Word Origin and History for psychopathology
n.

1847, from psycho- + pathology, on model of German psychopathologie.

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psychopathology in Medicine

psychopathology psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy (sī'kō-pə-thŏl'ə-jē, -pā-)
n.
The study of the origin, development, and manifestations of mental or behavioral disorders.

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