Medical Dictionary Definitions A-Z List
Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z - «P»:
Psoriasis, pustular: A type of recurring
psoriasis characterized by the appearance of pus-filed
pimples and sores in clusters. It can be intensely painful,
and hospitalization may be required....
Joint inflammation associated with psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis is a potentially destructive and deforming form of arthritis that affects approximately 10% of persons with psoriasis....
PSP: Progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurologic disorder of unknown origin that gradually destroys cells in many areas of the brain, leading to serious and permanent problems with the control of gait and balance. The most obvious sign of the disease is an inability to aim the eyes properly, which ...
Psyche: 1. The mind.
2. The spirit or soul.
3. In psychiatry, the mind as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior.
In Greek mythology, Psyche was a young woman who loved Eros and was loved by him and was united with him after Aphrodite's jealousy was overcome. Psyche became the personification ...
Psychedelic: 1. Hallucinogenic, distorting perception and awareness.
2. A drug such as LSD or mescaline that has hallucinogenic properties.
The word psychedelic was coined by the British psychiatrist Humphry Osmond (1917-2004) who introduced Aldous Huxley, author of "Brave New World," to hallucinog...
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....
Psychiatric trauma: An experience that is emotionally painful, distressful, or shocking and which may result in lasting mental and physical effects.
Psychiatric trauma is essentially a normal response to an extreme event. It involves the creation of emotional memories about the distressful event t...
Psychiatrist: A physician (an M.D.) who specializes in
the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness. Psychiatrists must
receive additional training and serve a supervised residency in their
specialty. They may also have additional training in a psychiatric
specialty, such as child ...
Psychiatry: The medical specialty concerned with
the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness.
Psychiatrists are MDs who receive additional training and serve a supervised residency in their specialty. They may also have additional training in a psychiatric subspecialty, such as ch...
Psycho-oncology: The psychological, social, behavioral, and ethical aspects of cancer. Psycho-oncology addresses the two major psychological dimensions of cancer: (1) the psychological responses of patients to cancer at all stages of the disease, and that of their families and caretakers; and (2) th...
Psychodynamic drug: See: Psychotropic drug....
Psychodynamic medication: See: Psychotropic medication....
Psychodynamic therapy: A type of psychotherapy that draws on psychoanalytic theory to help people understand the roots of emotional distress, often by exploring unconscious motives, needs, and defenses....
Psychogenic: Caused by the mind or emotions. ...
Psychoimmunology: The study of the connections between the mind and the immune system.
The basic concept of psychoimmunology is the concept that the mind and body are inseparable. It follows that stress affects the body's ability to resist disease. The brain influences all sorts of physiological p...