psy·​cho·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌsī-kō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce psychobiology (audio)
: the study of mental functioning and behavior in relation to other biological processes
psychobiological adjective
or less commonly psychobiologic
psychobiologist noun

Examples of psychobiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ramneet Sandhu, a UCLA psychobiology student, said her professors have taken a mixed approach to handling finals. Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2022 His specialty is mitochondrial psychobiology. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 Antonia Ypsilanti is an associate professor in cognitive psychology/ psychobiology at Sheffield Hallam University. Andrea Wigfield, CNN, 14 Feb. 2023 In a video interview attached to the study, Daisy Fancourt, an associate professor of psychobiology and epidemiology at the University of Central London, discusses the role the arts can play in medical treatment. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2020 Not so long ago, the Sackler name was stamped across the most rarified perches in Manhattan—in the psychobiology department at Columbia University, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Museum of Natural History. Alexander Sammon, The New Republic, 18 Oct. 2019 This happens for several reasons, says Bertha Madras, a professor of psychobiology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, 8 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, the Sackler institutes at Cornell, Columbia, McGill, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sussex, and King’s College London tackle psychobiology, with an emphasis on early childhood development. Christopher Glazek, Esquire, 16 Oct. 2017 The commission also includes Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, and the Harvard Medical School psychobiology professor Bertha Madras. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, 31 July 2017

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First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychobiology was in 1879

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“Psychobiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


psy·​cho·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy -bī-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce psychobiology (audio)
plural psychobiologies
: the study of mental functioning and behavior in relation to other biological processes

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