Definition of "psychiatry" []

  • The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. (noun)
  • The branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "psychiatry" in a sentence
  • "Up next, my interview with a scientologist whose organization investigates what they call psychiatry -- psychiatric abuses."
  • "And this is what got Rush into what we know as psychiatry, the idea of treating these people as organically ill, as well as, you know, psychologically ill."
  • "Just as in the rest of medicine -- cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, etc., the field of psychiatry is ever changing and our knowledge base is rapidly expanding."
  • "He appears to have no understanding of the differences among subtypes of depression and makes claims that any physician with a halfway decent background in psychiatry would find absurd."
  • "Antipsychiatric personality disorder: persons who believe and vehemently argue that modern psychiatry is all wrong and use very selective examination of evidence to support that view."