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psychiatry Syllabification: psy·chi·a·try
Pronunciation: /sīˈkīətrē/

Definition of psychiatry in English:


The study and treatment of mental illness, emotional disturbance, and abnormal behavior.
Example sentences
  • Treatment of psychiatry is not altering the biochemistry of the brain, it's also healing the soul.
  • In modern psychiatry ECT and psychosurgery are used in a much more discriminate and refined manner.
  • The Jungian approach to treatment is, again, very different from conventional psychiatry.


Mid 19th century: from Greek psukhē 'soul, mind' + iatreia 'healing' (from iatros 'healer').

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