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

Examples of psychiatry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first step, said Dr. Alan Teo, an associate professor of psychiatry, at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, is to take a test. oregonlive, "How do you know it’s time to seek professional help for coronavirus depression and anxiety?," 29 Sep. 2020 Jenny Taitz is an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jenny Taitz New York Times, Star Tribune, "5 simple was to take the edge off your anxiety," 18 Sep. 2020 Paul Crits-Christoph, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, said there’s little evidence residential treatment works better than outpatient. al, "A suicidal teen needed help. In Alabama, she found nothing but hurdles," 29 Sep. 2020 Indeed, the inability to follow through on plans, or even carve out time for them in the first place, stems in part from off-the-charts levels of anxiety, said Dr. Charles R. Marmar, the chair of psychiatry at N.Y.U. Langone Health. New York Times, "They Had Big Plans for the Lockdown. This Is What Happened.," 25 Sep. 2020 It’s the greatest concern of Amanda Spray, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine. Jamie Friedlander, Washington Post, "Who needs another Zoom call? Why sending letters might help your loved ones.," 15 Sep. 2020 That's because the practice of psychiatry is largely Western, said Dr S.K. Chaturvedi, Head of department at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore. Esha Mitra, CNN, "India didn't prioritize mental health before Covid-19. Now it's paying the price," 6 Sep. 2020 This is Jonathan Metzl, a professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why do Americans think more immigration means more crime? (audio)," 17 Aug. 2020 Hoffberger got the idea for the museum in 1984 while working in the psychiatry department at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Dina Gachman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Will America’s Roadside Attractions Survive COVID-19?," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Psychiatry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce psychiatry (audio)

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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