Definition of psychiatry in English:

psychiatry

noun

  • [mass noun] The study and treatment of mental illness, emotional disturbance, and abnormal behaviour.

    • ‘Hypochondria today lies in the domain of psychology and psychiatry.’
    • ‘If psychiatry is to move forward it is necessary, but not sufficient, to resist state coercion and to listen to patients.’
    • ‘One of the real tasks in psychiatry is to be able to sit with and experience people in their entirety, and not as a set of boxes.’
    • ‘They entered psychology or psychiatry with an interest in understanding people's behaviour.’
    • ‘In modern psychiatry ECT and psychosurgery are used in a much more discriminate and refined manner.’
    • ‘Science is sometimes an art, and psychiatry I would say is as much an art as it is a science.’
    • ‘Joze was a leading figure in the field of psychiatry of learning disability.’
    • ‘In psychiatry different paradigms and approaches to treatment are hotly contested.’
    • ‘Treatment of psychiatry is not altering the biochemistry of the brain, it's also healing the soul.’
    • ‘Freud, the father of psychiatry believed that there is a competition between a son and a father.’
    • ‘Biological psychiatry and psychology need to rediscover the question of cure.’
    • ‘Community psychiatry is the victim of too many strong opinions.’
    • ‘The Jungian approach to treatment is, again, very different from conventional psychiatry.’
    • ‘However, there is a clear conflation of psychiatry / medicine with basic biology.’
    • ‘Psychology may have little to gain but much to lose in becoming more like psychiatry.’
    • ‘Like every other medical science, psychiatry is there to help people, and is built around the scientific method.’
    • ‘American psychiatry is said to have changed from blaming the mother to blaming the brain.’
    • ‘Psychotherapy may be in conflict with biomedical psychiatry in its conceptualisation of mental illness.’
    • ‘My interest in psychiatry didn't begin with an interest in brain biology.’
    • ‘In this country, we fear psychiatry and we fear that it is the peddling ground for pharmaceutical giants.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

psychiatry

/sʌɪˈkʌɪətri/