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[sahy-koh-sek-shoo-uh l or, esp. British, -seks-yoo-] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɛk ʃu əl or, esp. British, -ˈsɛks yu-/
of or relating to the relationship of psychological and sexual phenomena.
Origin of psychosexual
1895-1900; psycho- + sexual
Related forms
psychosexuality, noun
psychosexually, adverb Unabridged
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  • Similarly the psychosexual passes through a metamorphosis in normal development.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • Sanford Bell has published cases in which as early as the age of two years psychosexual phenomena have been observed.

  • He holds that such cases show a "fixation" in an earlier stage of psychosexual development.

    The Behavior of Crowds Everett Dean Martin
  • The commonest early manifestations of the sexual life in childhood are, as was said before, the psychosexual phenomena.

  • At this time of life, the psychosexual in especial often plays a great part.

British Dictionary definitions for psychosexual


of or relating to the mental aspects of sex, such as sexual fantasies
Derived Forms
psychosexuality, noun
psychosexually, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychosexual

also psycho-sexual, 1891, from psycho- + sexual. Related: Psychosexually.

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psychosexual in Medicine

psychosexual psy·cho·sex·u·al (sī'kō-sěk'shōō-əl)
Of or relating to the mental and emotional aspects of sexuality.

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