Definition of physiogenesis in US English:

physiogenesis

noun

  • 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.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From physio- + -genesis. With sense 1 compare earlier physiogeny.

Pronunciation

physiogenesis

/ˌfɪzɪəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs/