psychoimmunology


Also found in: Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to psychoimmunology: psychoneuroimmunology

psy·cho·im·mu·nol·o·gy

 (sī′kō-ĭm′yə-nŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The branch of medicine that studies the effects of psychological and social factors on the functioning of the immune system.

psy′cho·im′mu·nol′o·gist n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The role of psychological factors in allergic diseases has been a recent topic of debate and is still being studied in areas such as psychoimmunology and psychodermatology.
(1) Laboratory of Psychoimmunology, National Institute of Psychiatry Ramon de la Fuente, Calzada Mexico-Xochimilco 101, Colonia San Lorenzo Huipulco, Tlalpan, 14370 Mexico City, Mexico
(1) Department of Psychoimmunology, National Institute of Psychiatry "Ramon de la Puente", Calzada Mexico-Xochimilco 101, Colonia San Lorenzo Huipulco, Tlalpan, 14370 Mexico City, Mexico
Recent developments in neuroscience and psychoimmunology point to the fact that comorbid pain and depression might be driven by overlapping pathophysiological processes in the brain and body.
Bransfield, "The psychoimmunology of lyme/tick-borne diseases and its association with neuropsychiatric symptoms," The Open Neurology Journal, vol.
of Ireland) bring together 14 articles in the area of psychoimmunology examining the role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders.