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[bahy-oh-en-er-jet-iks] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌɛn ərˈdʒɛt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
Biochemistry. the study of energy transformation in living systems.
Psychology. a school of therapy that seeks to relieve stress and concomitant muscular tension through respiratory exercises, physical movement, improvement in body image, and free expression of ideas.
Origin of bioenergetics
1910-15; bio- + energetics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Today there are three main varieties of emotional flooding therapies: bioenergetics, primal therapy, and implosive therapy.

  • Of these holistic therapies, bioenergetics is perhaps considered the most respectable because it is used by some psychologists.

  • Because of its physical approach to human emotions, bioenergetics is sometimes regarded as the West's therapeutic version of yoga.

  • bioenergetics makes use of an unusual approach to physical exercise.

British Dictionary definitions for bioenergetics


(functioning as sing) the study of energy transformations in living organisms and systems
Derived Forms
bioenergetic, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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bioenergetics in Science
The scientific study of the flow and transformation of energy in and between living organisms and between living organisms and their environment.
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