psy·chi·a·try | \ sə-ˈkī-ə-trē , 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 \ adjective
psychiatrically \ˌsī-kē-ˈa-tri-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
psychiatrist \sə-ˈkī-ə-trist, sī- \ noun

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Moawad doesn’t work with Alabama anymore, but Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban still uses consultant Kevin Elko and Michigan State psychiatry professor Lonny Rosen (who also helps the Spartans in East Lansing). Andy Staples,, "How Trevor Moawad, College Football's Coveted Mental Coach, Molds Draft Prospects' Minds," 17 Apr. 2018 David Greenfield, a psychiatry professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, developed a smartphone compulsion test (look it up online and take it) to help anxious people assess their phone usage. Horacio Salinas, Allure, "What an Internet Rehabilitation Program Is Really Like," 21 Jan. 2018 Politico even reported that a group of legislators met with Yale University psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee to discuss Trump's recent behavior. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What the 25th Amendment Says," 9 Jan. 2018 Krauthammer graduated in 1975 and went on to make contributions to psychiatry, including co-publishing a groundbreaking paper on bipolar disorder. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Charles Krauthammer, influential conservative commentator, dies at 68 after battle with cancer," 21 June 2018 Only the arrogant ascendance of psychiatry in postwar America—warmly remembered by Neubauer's former research assistant, Natasha Josefowitz—can account for the researchers' duplicity. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 The students in the study were largely recruited from psychiatry outpatient clinics, inpatient units and emergency departments. Randy Rieland, Smithsonian, "Can Artificial Intelligence Help Stop School Shootings?," 22 June 2018 But Krauthammer was arguably a Renaissance man, achieving mastery in such disparate fields as psychiatry, speech-writing, print journalism and television. Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News, Fox News, "Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68," 21 June 2018 And Nowaskie, who this month started at Indiana University School of Medicine as a resident in psychiatry, has plans for further expansion. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "These doctors may be in, but they're also friendly to patients who are out, website says," 7 July 2018

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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 , sī- \

Kids Definition of psychiatry

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


psy·chi·a·try | \ -trē \
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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