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Pronunciation: si-ki'a-tre


  1. The medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
  2. For some types of psychiatry not listed below, see also subentries under therapy, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis.

Synonym(s): psychiatrics

[psych- + G. iatreia, medical treatment]

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