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[sahy-kuh-jen-uh-sis] /ˌsaɪ kəˈdʒɛn ə sɪs/
genesis of the psyche.
Psychology. the origin of physical or psychological states, normal or abnormal, out of the interplay of conscious and unconscious psychological forces.
Pathology. the origin of symptoms as a result of emotional causes.
Origin of psychogenesis
From New Latin, dating back to 1830-40; See origin at psycho-, -genesis
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[sahy-koh-juh-net-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
psychogenetically, adverb Unabridged
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  • These are unmistakable signs of the psychogenetic nature of the disorder.

  • Ernst Haeckel's biogenetic law is expanded in a psychogenetic law.

  • The formative period naturally covered a very extensive area in the history of mind or psychogenetic development.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • The psychogenetic origin of the psychoses of criminals can be established far more clearly in prisoners awaiting trial.

  • In prisoners the psychogenetic character of the disorder becomes especially apparent.

British Dictionary definitions for psychogenetic


(psychol) the study of the origin and development of personality, human behaviour, and mental processes
Derived Forms
psychogenetic (ˌsaɪkəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
psychogenetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychogenetic



also psycho-genesis, 1838, "origin of the soul or mind," from psycho- + genesis. Related: Psychogenetic; psychogenetical.

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psychogenetic in Medicine

psychogenesis psy·cho·gen·e·sis (sī'kə-jěn'ĭ-sĭs)

  1. The origin and development of psychological processes, personality, or behavior.

  2. Development of a physical disorder or illness resulting from psychic, rather than physiological, factors.

psy'cho·ge·net'ic (-jə-nět'ĭk) adj.
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