bio·​be·​hav·​ior·​al ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-bi-ˈhā-vyə-rəl How to pronounce biobehavioral (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving the interaction of behavior and biological processes

Examples of biobehavioral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Increasingly, the phenomenon is called Munchausen by proxy (MBP) abuse to emphasize the negative effects on the victim or a type of medical child abuse, says Brenda Bursch, a professor of clinical psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Sarah Klein, TIME, 18 Apr. 2024 Cultural, and perhaps biobehavioral, dispositions are hard to transmit. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2012 The environmental component does exist, and is substantial (explaining the majority of the variance in outcome for many biobehavioral traits). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 22 July 2013 So what exactly does biobehavioral intervention mean? Carly Vandergriendt, SELF, 19 May 2022 Cole, who works in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine, looked at the blood samples of 72 men over an eight-year period. Florence Williams, Wired, 14 Feb. 2022 Steve Cole, a professor of medicine, psychiatry, and biobehavioral sciences at U.C.L.A., has done pioneering work on the subject. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2020 At Penn State, Holmes plans to major in biobehavioral health and minor in African-American studies. Lori Riley,, 12 July 2018 Another part of the new paper deserves attention, says Jerome Siegel, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California Los Angeles Center for Sleep Research (who was not involved with the study). Jamie Ducharme, Time, 24 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biobehavioral was in 1953

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“Biobehavioral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


bio·​be·​hav·​ior·​al -bi-ˈhā-vyə-rəl How to pronounce biobehavioral (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving the interaction of behavior and biological processes
a biobehavioral approach to health
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