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[ sahy-koh-soh-shuh l ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˈsoʊ ʃəl /


of or relating to the interaction between social and psychological factors.

Nearby words

psychosensory, psychosexual, psychosexual development, psychosexual dysfunction, psychosis, psychosocial, psychosociology, psychosomatic, psychosomatic disorder, psychosomatic medicine, psychosomimetic

Origin of psychosocial

First recorded in 1895–1900; psycho- + social
Related formspsy·cho·so·cial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for psychosocial

  • The social worker will “assist staff and public with counseling and psychosocial support and communications.”

    $10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters|Abby Haglage|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • The mental health and psychosocial impacts of war endure long past the time of the actual fighting.

    Syria’s Children of the Rubble|Jamie Dettmer|November 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for psychosocial


/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈsəʊʃəl) /


of or relating to processes or factors that are both social and psychological in origin
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Word Origin and History for psychosocial



also psycho-social, 1891, from psycho- + social (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for psychosocial


[ sī′kō-sōshəl ]


Involving aspects of both social and psychological behavior.
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