Definition of psychoneuroimmunology in US English:

psychoneuroimmunology

noun

Medicine
  • The study of the effect of the mind on health and resistance to disease.

    • ‘The fields of psycho-oncology and psychoneuroimmunology have established that cancer is a disease influenced by biological, psychological, and environmental factors.’
    • ‘The centre offers nutritional therapy, psychoneuroimmunology (mind/body medicine), healing, massage, creative therapy, relaxation, visualisation and meditation.’
    • ‘Early activated genes are of special interest because they mediate some of relationships between mind and body in psychoneuroimmunology.’
    • ‘Studies in psychoneuroimmunology have demonstrated that psychological factors can adversely affect immune function.’
    • ‘While a majority of studies in the field of psychoneuroimmunology have focussed on the immunosuppressive effects of stress, several studies have also revealed that under certain conditions, stress can be immunoenhancing.’

Pronunciation

psychoneuroimmunology

/ˌsīkōˌn(y)o͝orōˌimyəˈnäləjē/