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[sahy-koh-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu-/
of or relating to the relationship of psychological and sexual phenomena.
Origin of psychosexual
First recorded in 1895-1900; psycho- + sexual
Related forms
psychosexuality, noun
psychosexually, adverb Unabridged
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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


of or relating to the mental aspects of sex, such as sexual fantasies
Derived Forms
psychosexuality, noun
psychosexually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychosexual

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

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psychosexual in Medicine

psychosexual psy·cho·sex·u·al (sī'kō-sěk'shōō-əl)
Of or relating to the mental and emotional aspects of sexuality.

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