psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) , sī- \

Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine that deals with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders

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Other Words from psychiatry

psychiatric \ ˌsī-​kē-​ˈa-​trik How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) \ adjective
psychiatrically \ ˌsī-​kē-​ˈa-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) \ adverb

Examples of psychiatry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Worley retired from the Fayetteville hospital in 2018 and now practices psychiatry at a local community clinic, his attorney said. Author: Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 Milau said a field is emerging to study connections of neurology, the immune system and psychiatry. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 28 May 2021 The market for digital psychiatry is well established and mature; for example, in 2020 alone mental health apps raised a staggering $1.2 billion. Mark Minevich, Forbes, 24 May 2021 In the 30 years since the pharmaceutical revolution began, psychiatry may be the only medical field to lose ground to its diseases. Scott Shannon, Wired, 18 May 2021 The budgeted cost of the psychiatry center is more than $235 million. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 May 2021 Call the intake line of the psychiatry outpatient clinic of the closest medical school near you, suggested NYU's Marmar. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 3 May 2021 But psychiatry has remained largely immune to measurement. Daniel Barron, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2021 Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, considers the goal of the McLean researchers laudable. Joshua Kendall, Scientific American, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of psychiatry

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psychiatry

probably from French psychiatrie, from psychiatre psychiatrist, from psych- psych- + Greek iatros physician — more at -iatry

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The first known use of psychiatry was in 1828

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5 Jun 2021

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“Psychiatry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine that deals with mental or emotional disorders


psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) , sī- \

Kids Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine dealing with problems of the mind, emotions, or behavior


psy·​chi·​a·​try | \ -trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio) \
plural psychiatries

Medical Definition of psychiatry

: a branch of medicine that deals with the science and practice of treating mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders especially as originating in endogenous causes or resulting from faulty interpersonal relationships

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