psychoneurosis

noun

psy·​cho·​neu·​ro·​sis ˌsī-kō-nu̇-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce psychoneurosis (audio)
-nyu̇-
: neurosis
especially : a neurosis based on emotional conflict in which an impulse that has been blocked seeks expression in a disguised response or symptom
psychoneurotic adjective or noun

Examples of psychoneurosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In February, 1933, she was admitted to a hospital for psychoneurosis. Roxana Robinson, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2019 Georgia fell into a depression in 1933 after an aborted mural commission at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and checked into Manhattan’s Doctors Hospital to be treated for psychoneurosis. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychoneurosis was in 1879

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“Psychoneurosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychoneurosis. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

psychoneurosis

noun
psy·​cho·​neu·​ro·​sis -n(y)u̇-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce psychoneurosis (audio)
plural psychoneuroses -ˌsēz How to pronounce psychoneurosis (audio)
: neurosis
especially : a neurosis based on emotional conflict in which an impulse that has been blocked seeks expression in a disguised response or symptom compare actual neurosis

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