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psychoneurosis

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noun psy·cho·neu·ro·sis \ˌsī-kō-nu̇-ˈrō-səs, -nyu̇-\

Definition of psychoneurosis

  1. :  neurosis; especially :  a neurosis based on emotional conflict in which an impulse that has been blocked seeks expression in a disguised response or symptom

psychoneurotic

play \-ˈrä-tik\ adjective or noun


Origin and Etymology of psychoneurosis

New Latin


First Known Use: 1883


Medical Dictionary

psychoneurosis

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noun psy·cho·neu·ro·sis \-n(y)u̇-ˈrō-səs\

Medical Definition of psychoneurosis

plural

psychoneuroses

\-ˌsēz\play
  1. :  neurosis; especially :  a neurosis based on emotional conflict in which an impulse that has been blocked seeks expression in a disguised response or symptom—compare actual neurosis




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