Definition of psychopathology
: the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental illness or in social disorganization; also : such dysfunction
psychopathologicallyplay \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
psychopathologistplay \-pə-ˈthä-lə-jist, -pa-\ noun
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Elephant psychopathology, chimpanzee infanticide and other un-animal-like behaviors are part of a growing body of research that suggests science is building toward a radical paradigm shift.
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Origin and Etymology of psychopathology
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1847See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of psychopathology
1: the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental disorder or in social disorganization
2: disordered psychological and behavioral functioning (as in mental illness) the theory that holidays are associated with an increased incidence of psychopathology—Science News
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