iatro-, iater-, -iatria, -iatric, -iatrician, -iatrics, -iatrist, -iatry; -iatricians, -iatrists, -iatries +

(Greek: physician; heal, cure, treat; medical healing)

A physician who specializes in the study, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders.
psychiatrist, psychologist, psychometrician, psychotherapist
psychiatrist (si KIGH uh trist, sigh KIGH uh trist) (noun)
A medical doctor who specializes in the study of mental and emotional issues or problems: It takes many years of advanced medical studies to become a psychiatrist.
psychologist (sigh KAHL uh jist) (noun)
A person who has studied the mental and behavioral characteristics of individuals, but who does not have a medical degree: As a psychologist, Jerry's sister works in schools where there are children who have emotional problems.
psychometrician (sigh kahm" i TRISH uhn) (noun)
1. An individual who has been trained to understand how the mind influences the behavior of people and who has studied and been trained to understand the way the brain influences the behaviour of individuals who may have mental and emotional problems: The psychometrician was very good with young children and gained their cooperation during the testing procedures.
2. A person who has been educated to understand how the mind influences the behaviour of people and who deals with the design, administration, and interpretation of quantitative tests of intelligence, aptitude, and personality traits: Tracy had a psychometrician who provided an evaluation of her son who was having problems adapting to relationships with other people.
psychotherapist (sigh" koh THER uh pist) (noun)
Someone who treats people with mental and emotional disorders: The psychotherapist who worked with Dennis provided healing procedures that helped him to achieve more self-control over his excessive reactions of anger.

Myrna was concerned about the well-being of her friend; so, she urged Henry to get a referral from his psychiatrist to see a psychometrician who was also a well-known psychologist.

The psychometrician administered several tests the interpretations of which were intended to help her friend understand his psychological problems.

At the end of the assessment period, the psychologist recommended that Henry meet regularly with a psychotherapist.

1. The branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness; etymological meaning: "mental healing" or "healing the mind".
2. The study of the origin, influence, and control of emotions. This involves investigating the factors both from within and without that alter emotions and motivation. Such analysis provides a basis for judging regression or progression.
3. The medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
A psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of emotional problems and mental disorders of the elderly.
1. Pertaining to mental illness or disturbance in old people.
2. The branch of medicine concerned with the psychology and psychiatric disorders experienced by senior citizens.
3. Concerning elderly patients who have a psychiatric disorder.
4. A reference to mental illness in old age, commonly denoting a patient or a hospital.
5. The branch of psychiatry concerned with changes in mental functioning associated with old age; and with mental disorders occurring in people over the age of sixty-five.
Medical treatment of both mind and body.
The treatment of diseases and defects of the nose.
social pediatrics
A whole-family and whole-community approach to child medical problems and prevention.

To focus on an entire neighborhood village at once, new community center facilities were required that allowed for communal meals, play, unstructured time, and other elements of an intentional community.

Doctors and nurses are introduced to children first as playmates, not as supervisors, increasing their trust and likelihood that key information about the sources of their medical issues will be revealed and accurately integrated into their medical needs.

The art of fast healing.
theriatrics, theriatric
1. The medical treatment of wild animals.
2. Veterinary medicine.
3. The medical treatment of animals in a zoo or menagerie.
veteriniatrics, veteriniatric
1. The branch of medicine which usually deals with the medical treatment of domestic animals.
2. A reference to any aspect of the study or medical treatment of diseases in animals.
xeniatrophobia (s) (noun), xeniatrophobias (pl)
An abnormal fear of foreign doctors: While Shareen was traveling in Africa with her husband, her xeniatrophobia kept her from going to a local physician for treatment of the stomach ache which she was experiencing.
zoiatria (s) (noun) (no pl)
The science and art of treating the diseases and injuries of lower animals: When Jane was walking along the road she saw a sign on the door of the veterinarian stating that he was a professional in the area of zoiastria, or animal surgery, and such medical care was possible at his office.
Veterinary surgery of animals.
Someone who specializes in the medical treatment of animals; more commonly known as a veterinarian.

Related "health" word families and articles: Health: Index; Hygeia > hygiene > health; salu-; sana-, sani-.

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