psy·​cho·​gen·​ic ˌsī-kō-ˈje-nik How to pronounce psychogenic (audio)
: originating in the mind or in mental or emotional conflict
psychogenically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Experts have emphasized that even if the illnesses were psychogenic, that doesn’t mean sufferers are imagining their symptoms. Shane Harris And John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar. 2023 Blinken has long doubted that personnel are suffering from mass hysteria or some psychogenic event, officials have said. Shane Harris And John Hudson, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Mar. 2023 Other scientists are looking inside the brain, studying whether habitual and psychogenic coughs are the result of some suppression mechanism gone haywire. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 11 Apr. 2012 Travelling through the enchanted forest, the bears munch on psychogenic slugs and begin hallucinating. Ben Croll, Variety, 9 Mar. 2022 Most cases of intractable paroxysmal sneezing reported in the literature occur in adolescents and appear to have a psychogenic etiology. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 19 Aug. 2016 These are technically called psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). Patti Greco,, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychogenic was in 1915

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Cite this Entry

“Psychogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

Medical Definition


psy·​cho·​gen·​ic -ˈjen-ik How to pronounce psychogenic (audio)
: originating in the mind : attributable to psychological or emotional factors
a psychogenic movement disorder
psychogenic impotence
compare somatogenic
psychogenically adverb

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