[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. psychodynamics,
  2. psychoendocrinology,
  3. psychogalvanic,
  4. psychogalvanic response,
  5. psychogalvanometer,
  6. psychogenetic,
  7. psychogenic,
  8. psychogenic deafness,
  9. psychogenic pain disorder,
  10. psychogenic purpura

Origin of psychogenesis

From New Latin, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at psycho-, -genesis

Related formspsy·cho·ge·net·ic [sahy-koh-juh-net-ik] /ˌsaɪ koʊ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk/, adjectivepsy·cho·ge·net·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for psychogenesis


/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs) /


psychol the study of the origin and development of personality, human behaviour, and mental processes
Derived Formspsychogenetic (ˌsaɪkəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectivepsychogenetically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for psychogenesis



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for psychogenesis


[ sī′kə-jĕnĭ-sĭs ]


The origin and development of psychological processes, personality, or behavior.
Development of a physical disorder or illness resulting from psychic, rather than physiological, factors.
Related formspsy′cho•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) adj.

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