Psychiatria Psy*chi`a*tri"a, Psychiatry Psy*chi"a*try, n. [NL. psychiatria, fr. Gr. ? the mind + ? healing.] (Med.) The application of the healing art to mental diseases. --Dunglison. [1913 Webster]

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