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1Biology. The development or evolution (ontogeny or phylogeny) of physiological functions; specifically physiological development during diapause.
2Psychology and Medicine. The development of disease (especially mental illness) or symptoms as a result of physiological or physical causes; physiological or physical pathogenesis. Chiefly opposed to "psychogenesis". Compare earlier physiogenic.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From physio- + -genesis. With sense 1 compare earlier physiogeny.
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