from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The origin and development of psychological processes, personality, or behavior.
  • n. Development of a medical disorder or illness resulting from psychological rather than physiological factors.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The origin and development of psychological processes such as personality and behaviour
  • n. The development of a physical disorder from a psychological factor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Genesis through an internal force, as opposed to natural selection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The origination and development of the soul, or psychic organism.
  • n. Generation or reproduction by means of or due to the activity of the inmost life or vitality of an organism; biogenesis referred to the operation of higher than vital forces.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the development in the life of an individual of some disorder that is caused by psychological rather than physiological factors
  • n. a general term for the origin and development of almost any aspect of the mind


psycho- + -genesis (Wiktionary)



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