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[sahy-koh-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-]
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  1. of or relating to the relationship of psychological and sexual phenomena.

Origin of psychosexual

First recorded in 1895–1900; psycho- + sexual
Related formspsy·cho·sex·u·al·i·ty, nounpsy·cho·sex·u·al·ly, adverb
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  • At this time of life, the psychosexual in especial often plays a great part.

  • Similarly the psychosexual passes through a metamorphosis in normal development.

    The Behavior of Crowds

    Everett Dean Martin

  • He holds that such cases show a "fixation" in an earlier stage of psychosexual development.

    The Behavior of Crowds

    Everett Dean Martin

  • Sanford Bell has published cases in which as early as the age of two years psychosexual phenomena have been observed.

  • The commonest early manifestations of the sexual life in childhood are, as was said before, the psychosexual phenomena.

British Dictionary definitions for psychosexual


  1. of or relating to the mental aspects of sex, such as sexual fantasies
Derived Formspsychosexuality, nounpsychosexually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychosexual


also psycho-sexual, 1891, from psycho- + sexual. Related: Psychosexually.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychosexual in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the mental and emotional aspects of sexuality.
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