psychogenesis

noun
psy·cho·gen·e·sis | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈje-nə-səs \

Definition of psychogenesis 

1 : the origin and development of mental functions, traits, or states

2 : development from mental as distinguished from physical origins

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psychogenetic \ˌsī-kō-jə-ˈne-tik \ adjective

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Citing the growing literature on psychogenesis, a neurosurgeon suggested a lobotomy. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of psychogenesis

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for psychogenesis

New Latin

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psychogenesis

noun
psy·cho·gen·e·sis | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈjen-ə-səs \
plural psychogeneses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of psychogenesis 

1 : the origin and development of mental functions, traits, or states

2 : development from mental as distinguished from physical origins the psychogenesis of an illness

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