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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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 Moore hopes his presence as an African American doctor in the field of psychiatry will normalize talking about mental health in his community. Julie Luchetta, The Arizona Republic, 11 Oct. 2021 Maxime Taquet, an academic clinical fellow in the department of psychiatry at the University of Oxford, who was not involved with the study, praised the effort as providing the first insight into the global impact of the pandemic on mental health. Gary Stix, Scientific American, 8 Oct. 2021 The old methods of psychiatry, steeped in Freudian theory, had their limits, and physiological treatments were needed too. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Nicholas Mischel is assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences and director, Interventional Psychiatry and Neuromodulation Research Program, Wayne State University. Nicholas Mischel, oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2020 Digital technologies are beginning to revive the sleepy field of psychiatry. Karen Rommelfanger, Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2021 There is no evidence of any spike in mental health disorders connected to mask usage, said Jeremy Kendrick, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Aug. 2021 Using experts affiliated with academic institutions as course faculty gives an appearance that the information presented is unbiased, said Daniel Carlat, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts University. John Fauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Aug. 2021 But individual anecdotes aren’t evidence that a tool is clinically useful, said Xiaoduo Fan, a psychiatry professor who leads the China Mental Health Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Washington Post, 12 Aug. 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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15 Oct 2021

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“Psychiatry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 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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