psycho-

psycho-

a combining form representing psyche, (psychological ) and psychological, (psychoanalysis ) in compound words.
Also, especially before a vowel, psych-.


Origin:
< Greek, combining form of psȳchḗ breath, spirit, soul, mind; akin to psȳ́chein to blow (see psykter)

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psycho- or (sometimes before a vowel) psych-
 
combining form
indicating the mind or psychological or mental processes: psychology; psychogenesis; psychosomatic
 
[from Greek psukhē spirit, breath]
 
psych- or (sometimes before a vowel) psych-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek psukhē spirit, breath]

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psycho-
comb. form meaning "mind, mental," from Gk. psykho-, combining form of psykhe (see psyche).
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psycho- or psych-
pref.

  1. Mind; mental: psychogenic.

  2. Mental activities or processes: psychomotor.

  3. Psychology; psychological: psychosocial.

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