Definition of psychoprophylaxis in US English:

psychoprophylaxis

noun

Medicine
  • The prevention of disease or promotion of health and well-being by psychological means; especially a method of alleviating pain in labour by psychological training which includes techniques of relaxation and distraction.

Origin

Early 20th century. From psycho- + prophylaxis. In specific sense after Russian psixoprofilaktika; compare also psychoprophylaxy, which is first attested slightly earlier in the specifically sense.

Pronunciation

psychoprophylaxis

/ˌsʌɪkəʊˌprɒfɪˈlaksɪs/