psy·​cho·​phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal ˌsī-kō-ˌfi-zē-ə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce psychophysiological (audio)
variants or less commonly psychophysiologic
: of or relating to physiological psychology
: combining or involving mental and bodily processes
psychophysiologically adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Knowns and unknowns for psychophysiological endophenotypes: Integration and response to commentaries. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 4 Dec. 2014 Initially, anorexia had no weight criteria and was classified as a psychophysiological disorder. Kate Siber, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2022 In one study from 2017, researchers measured 27 people for their psychophysiological responses (such as chills or goosebumps) to hearing poetry read aloud. David Allan, CNN, 15 June 2022 Multiple behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging studies have shown that the placebo response is a real, multifactorial effect associated with changes in biochemical pathways in the brain. Erica Smith, STAT, 13 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of psychophysiological was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Psychophysiological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


psy·​cho·​phys·​i·​o·​log·​i·​cal ˌsī-kō-ˌfiz-ē-ə-ˈläj-i-kəl How to pronounce psychophysiological (audio)
variants also psychophysiologic
: of or relating to psychophysiology
: combining or involving mental and bodily processes
psychophysiologically adverb
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