psy·​chot·​ic | \ sī-ˈkä-tik How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \

Definition of psychotic

: of, relating to, marked by, or affected with psychosis a psychotic patient psychotic behavior

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psychotic noun
psychotically \ sī-​ˈkä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychotically (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of psychotic in a Sentence

He was diagnosed as psychotic. the identity of the psychotic murderer known as the Zodiac Killer remains an intriguing puzzle
Recent Examples on the Web Phillips plans to offer injections of anti-psychotic medications for patients with mental health issues. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new pharmacy in Shorewood specializes in helping people with unique health care needs," 13 Apr. 2020 The child was allegedly given anti-psychotic medications at the center, also without the permission of her mother, Martina Falk. NBC News, "6-year-old girl was committed to mental health facility without parent consent," 14 Feb. 2020 His mother flew into Portland, got her son to see a doctor, who prescribed anti-psychotic medication. oregonlive, "Cristi Martin learned of her son’s death on what would have been his 32nd birthday," 9 Oct. 2019 Related Stories That treatment can include powerful anti-psychotic medications, also known as chemical restraints, sometimes used to curb symptoms of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Bob Egelko,, "Court orders consultation with patients or reps in end-of-life and psychiatric drug decisions," 23 July 2019 Over the next several decades, he was hospitalized several times, and was on and off anti-psychotic medications. Rachael Rettner, Scientific American, ""Beautiful Mind" John Nash's Schizophrenia "Disappeared" as He Aged," 4 June 2015 This is sketched out in flashbacks that reveal his family history, notably the psychotic episodes and eventual schizophrenia diagnosis that landed his half-brother and musical educator Terry (Derek Moran) in an asylum. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Stardust': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 16 Apr. 2020 Someone like that could have a psychotic break, be schizophrenic.’ Right? John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 Erica Brumfield has bipolar disorder and experiences a psychotic break. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, "Uplifting Stories: A playlist of stories from Storytellers Project, Week 1," 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of psychotic

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychotic was circa 1890

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1 Jun 2020

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“Psychotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of psychotic

: having or relating to a very serious mental illness that makes you act strangely or believe things that are not true : relating to or suffering from psychosis


psy·​chot·​ic | \ sī-ˈkät-ik How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, marked by, or affected with psychosis

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psychotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychotically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of psychotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotic individual

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