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An area of study that focuses on emotional and other psychological states that affect the immune system, rendering the patient less or more susceptible to disease or the course of a disease.
[psycho- + neuro- + immunology]
psychoneuroimmunology/psy·cho·neu·ro·im·mu·nol·o·gy/ (-noor″o-im″u-nol´ah;-je) the study of the interactions between psychological factors, the central nervous system, and immune function as modulated by the neuroendocrine system.
The study of the interaction of behavioral, neural, and endocrine factors and the functioning of the immune system.
a discipline that studies the relationships between psychological states and the immune response.
psychoneuroimmunologyThe formal study of the effects of mental and neurological status on the immune system. Psychoneuroimmunology is an evolving hybrid of several disciplines that studies the complex bidirectional interactions between the nervous and immune systems, where the neuroendocrine system modulates immune function and nervous and immune interactions influence psychosocial dynamics.
psychoneuroimmunologyPNI The study of the effects of the mental and neurological status on the immune system.
psychoneuroimmunologyThe discipline concerned with the effect of the emotions on the immune system and hence on the development of disease. Psychoneuroimmunology is not predicated on the proposition that the mind and the body are discrete entities that interact via the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; it is based on the growing recognition that mental and physical events are so inextricably inter-related that nothing of importance can happen to one without affecting the other.
n the study of the integrated interactions of the immunologic, neurologic, and psychologic systems and their effects on health.
Area of study that focuses on emotional and other psychological states that affect the immune system, rendering the patient less or more susceptible to disease.