psychopathology


psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy

noun \ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthä-lə-jē, -pa-\

Definition of PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

:  the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental disorder or in social disorganization; also :  such dysfunction
psy·cho·path·o·log·i·cal \-ˌpa-thə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also psy·cho·path·o·log·ic \-jik\ adjective
psy·cho·path·o·log·i·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gist \-pə-ˈthä-lə-jist, -pa-\ noun

Origin of PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1847

psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gy

noun \ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthäl-ə-jē, -pa-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural psy·cho·pa·thol·o·gies

Medical Definition of PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

1
: the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental disorder or in social disorganization
2
: disordered psychological and behavioral functioning (as in mental disorder) <the theory that holidays are associated with an increased incidence of psychopathologyScience News>

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