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Medical Term:

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Pronunciation: di'ag-nos'tic sta-tis'ti-kal man'yu-al men'tal dis-or'derz

Definition: A system of classification, published by the American Psychiatric Association, which divides recognized mental disorders into clearly defined categories based on sets of objective criteria. Representing a majority view (rather than a consensus) of hundreds of contributors and consultants, DSM is widely recognized as a diagnostic standard and widely used for reporting, coding, and statistical purposes.

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