psychobiology

[ sahy-koh-bahy-ol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi /

noun

the use of biological methods to study normal and abnormal emotional and cognitive processes, as the anatomical basis of memory or neurochemical abnormalities in schizophrenia.
the branch of biology dealing with the relations or interactions between body and behavior, especially as exhibited in the nervous system, receptors, effectors, or the like.

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Origin of psychobiology

From the German word Psychobiologie, dating back to 1900–05. See psycho-, biology

OTHER WORDS FROM psychobiology

psy·cho·bi·o·log·i·cal [sahy-koh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuhl], /ˌsaɪ koʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, psy·cho·bi·o·log·ic, adjectivepsy·cho·bi·ol·o·gist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for psychobiology

psychobiology
/ (ˌsaɪkəʊbaɪˈɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

psychol the attempt to understand the psychology of organisms in terms of their biological functions and structures

Derived forms of psychobiology

psychobiological (ˌsaɪkəʊˌbaɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepsychobiologically, adverbpsychobiologist, noun
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Medical definitions for psychobiology

psychobiology
[ sī′kō-bī-ŏlə-jē ]

n.

The study of the biological foundations of the mind, emotions, and mental processes.biopsychology
The school of psychiatry that interprets personality, behavior, and mental illness in terms of adaptive responses to biological, social, cultural, and environmental factors.

Other words from psychobiology

psy′cho•bi′o•logic (-bī′ə-lŏjĭk) null adj.
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