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Definition of Psychiatric

Psychiatric: Pertaining to or within the purview of psychiatry, the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness.

Psychiatric may refer to mental illness. For example, the 42-year-old man had a long history of psychiatric disease.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=17898
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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