[ 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.

Origin of psychogenesis

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

OTHER WORDS FROM psychogenesis

psy·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. 2020

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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 forms of psychogenesis

psychogenetic (ˌsaɪkəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjectivepsychogenetically, adverb
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Medical 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.

Other words from psychogenesis

psy′cho•ge•netic (-jə-nĕtĭk) adj.
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