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psychosomatic

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adjective psy·cho·so·mat·ic \-sə-ˈma-tik\

Simple Definition of psychosomatic

  • : caused by mental or emotional problems rather than by physical illness

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of psychosomatic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, concerned with, or involving both mind and body <the psychosomatic nature of man — Herbert Ratner>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, involving, or concerned with bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbance <psychosomatic symptoms> <psychosomatic medicine>

psychosomatically play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of psychosomatic in a sentence

  1. The doctor told her that her stomach problems were psychosomatic.



Origin of psychosomatic

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1863



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