1. (Class Myth.) A lovely maiden, daughter of a king and mistress of Eros, or Cupid. She is regarded
as the personification of the soul.
2. The soul; the vital principle; the mind.
3. [F. psyché.] A cheval glass.
(Psy"chi*an) n. (Zoöl.) Any small moth of the genus Psyche and allied genera The larvæ are
called basket worms. See Basket worm, under Basket.
(||Psy*chi`a*tri"a Psy*chi"a*try) n. [NL. psychiatria, fr. Gr. the mind + healing.] (Med.)
The application of the healing art to mental diseases. Dunglison.
(Psy`chi*at"ric) a. (Med.) Of or pertaining to psychiatria.
(Psy"chic Psy"chic*al) a. [L. psychicus, Gr. fr. psychh` the soul, mind; cf. to blow: cf. F. psychique.]
1. Of or pertaining to the human soul, or to the living principle in man.
This term was formerly used to express the same idea as psychological. Recent metaphysicians, however,
have employed it to mark the difference between psychh` the living principle in man, and pney^ma the
rational or spiritual part of his nature. In this use, the word describes the human soul in its relation to
sense, appetite, and the outer visible world, as distinguished from spiritual or rational faculties, which
have to do with the supersensible world. Heyse.
2. Of or pertaining to the mind, or its functions and diseases; mental; contrasted with physical.
Psychical blindness, Psychical deafness (Med.), forms of nervous disease in which, while the senses
of sight and hearing remain unimpaired, the mind fails to appreciate the significance of the sounds heard
or the images seen. Psychical contagion, the transference of disease, especially of a functional
nervous disease, by mere force of example. Psychical medicine, that department of medicine
which treats of mental diseases.