Definition of pseudopotential in US English:

pseudopotential

noun

Physics
  • A potential distribution assumed for the purposes of calculation as an approximation to the actual potential.

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. From pseudo- + potential.

Pronunciation

pseudopotential

/ˈs(j)uːdə(ʊ)pəˌtɛnʃl/