1. genesis of the psyche.
  2. Psychology. the origin of physical or psychological states, normal or abnormal, out of the interplay of conscious and unconscious psychological forces.
  3. 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
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. 2018

Examples from the Web for psychogenetic

Historical Examples of psychogenetic

  • These are unmistakable signs of the psychogenetic nature of the disorder.

  • Ernst Haeckel's biogenetic law is expanded in a psychogenetic law.

  • The formative period naturally covered a very extensive area in the history of mind or psychogenetic development.

    The Mystery of Space

    Robert T. Browne

  • The psychogenetic origin of the psychoses of criminals can be established far more clearly in prisoners awaiting trial.

  • In prisoners the psychogenetic character of the disorder becomes especially apparent.

British Dictionary definitions for psychogenetic


  1. 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 psychogenetic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychogenetic in Medicine


  1. The origin and development of psychological processes, personality, or behavior.
  2. 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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