a combining form representing psyche (psychological) and psychological (psychoanalysis) in compound words.
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Also especially before a vowel, psych-.
Origin of psycho-
< Greek, combining form of psȳchḗ breath, spirit, soul, mind; akin to psȳ́chein to blow (see psykter)
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British Dictionary definitions for psycho-
sometimes before a vowel psych-
indicating the mind or psychological or mental processespsychology; psychogenesis; psychosomatic
Word Origin for psycho-
from Greek psukhē spirit, breath
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Medicine definitions for psycho-
Mental activities or processes:psychomotor.
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