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

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Vicary did not return a message left at his psychiatry practice in Studio City. Leila Miller,, "Psychiatrist who admitted altering notes in Menendez brothers’ murder trial in the ’90s surrenders license," 9 July 2019 The inventor, Bashar Badran, a psychiatry and neuroscience specialist at the Medical University of South Carolina, stuck electrodes to my forehead and temple. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "I Think I Hated This Tech Conference on Psychedelics," 8 June 2019 Jennifer Brown, a co-investigator on the study and an associate professor of psychiatry, has seen an uptick in HIV among her patients in the last few years. Valerie Royzman,, "Does opiate addiction make HIV worse? UC professor hopes to find out," 25 June 2019 Members of the commission will include physicians with certain specialties, including neurology, physical pain management, oncology and psychiatry. Leada Gore |,, "Medical marijuana isn’t legal in Alabama; Bill only establishes study," 11 June 2019 Many return to families with a history of conflict and trauma, said Eric Trupin, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. Allegra Abramo, The Seattle Times, "Youth often become homeless just after leaving juvenile detention. Can Washington state really stop it?," 29 Mar. 2019 The psychiatry department of Kings County Hospital in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, serves one of the poorest, most at-risk, and most diverse populations in a borough that has otherwise become a byword for gentrification. The New York Review of Books, "Charlie Gross," 7 Jan. 2019 That means that access to a gun can be the difference between life and death, said Dr. Paul Nestadt, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University who was not involved in the study. Arman Azad, CNN, "Storing a loaded gun at home raised soldiers' risk of death by suicide, study finds," 7 June 2019 The Whig interpretation of psychiatry’s history begins with the great German clinician Emil Kraepelin struggling to grasp the complexity of psychosis by observing what his patients said and did over time. Richard J. Mcnally, WSJ, "‘Mind Fixers’ Review: There Has to Be a Better Way," 3 May 2019

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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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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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