psychiatry

noun

psy·​chi·​a·​try sə-ˈkī-ə-trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio)
sī-
: a branch of medicine that deals with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders
psychiatric adjective
psychiatrically adverb

Examples of psychiatry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The demand for psychological support and psychiatry far outstrips the number of health care workers in the field. Sarah Owermohle, STAT, 5 Apr. 2024 As people age, there is a decrease in the enzyme that metabolizes alcohol, said Dr. Stephanie Collier, director of education in the division of geriatric psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 Check with the psychology, psychiatry, or neurology departments. Suzie Glassman, Parents, 15 Mar. 2024 Mindy is a psychiatrist who completed her residency at the State University of New York at Buffalo before specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California at Davis, per Psychology Today. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 The condition is treatable, according to Elizabeth Austin, an assistant professor of psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 23 Mar. 2024 According to Eric Lenze, MD, head of the department of psychiatry at Washington University’s School of Medicine in St. Louis, there’s even a version of the questionnaire providers use to guide diagnoses, called the PHQ-9, online. Kayla Blanton, SELF, 19 Mar. 2024 Melatonin Supplements Melatonin is a hormone produced at night by your brain, explains Catherine McCall, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington in Seattle and director of Provider Clinics at the Veterans Administration, Puget Sound. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 11 Mar. 2024 The theory is not accepted as a mental health disorder by psychiatry's diagnostic bodies. Hannah Dreyfus, The Arizona Republic, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychiatry was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Psychiatry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychiatry. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

psychiatry

noun
psy·​chi·​a·​try sə-ˈkī-ə-trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio)
sī-
: a branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the mind, emotions, or behavior
psychiatric adjective

Medical Definition

psychiatry

noun
psy·​chi·​a·​try -trē How to pronounce psychiatry (audio)
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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