psychiatry

noun psy·chi·a·try \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē , sī- \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of psychiatry

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

psychiatric

play \ˌsī-kē-ˈa-trik\ adjective

psychiatrically

play \ˌsī-kē-ˈa-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

psychiatrist

play \sə-ˈkī-ə-trist, sī-\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of psychiatry

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


PSYCHIATRY Defined for English Language Learners

psychiatry

noun

Definition of psychiatry for English Language Learners

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


PSYCHIATRY Defined for Kids

psychiatry

noun psy·chi·a·try \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē , sī- \

Definition of psychiatry for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

psychiatry

noun psy·chi·a·try \ -trē \

medical Definition of psychiatry

plural psychiatries
: 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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