psy·​cho·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsī-kō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce psychobiology (audio) \

Definition of psychobiology

: the study of mental functioning and behavior in relation to other biological processes

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Other Words from psychobiology

psychobiological \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce psychobiological (audio) \ or less commonly psychobiologic \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce psychobiologic (audio) \ adjective
psychobiologist \ ˌsī-​kō-​bī-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce psychobiologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of psychobiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Oligarch of the Month: The Sacklers," 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, "How Opioids Kill," 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, "The Secretive Family Making Billions From the Opioid Crisis," 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, "Trump's Opioid Commission Calls for a State of Emergency," 31 July 2017 Huntington Beach High School Major: psychobiology Why this school? Heide Janssen, Orange County Register, "Where are 2017 Orange County instrumental music students going to college?," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of psychobiology

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psychobiology

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15 Nov 2019

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“Psychobiology.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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psy·​cho·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ -bī-ˈäl-ə-jē How to pronounce psychobiology (audio) \
plural psychobiologies

Medical Definition of psychobiology

: the study of mental functioning and behavior in relation to other biological processes

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