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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

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Examples of psychosomatic in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Since the Greek word soma means "body", psychosomatic suggests the link between mind and body. Since one's mental state may have an important effect on one's physical state, research on new medicines always involves giving some patients in the experiment a placebo (fake medicine), and some who receive the sugar pills will seem to improve. You may hear someone say of someone else's symptoms, "Oh, it's probably just psychosomatic", implying that the physical pain or illness is imaginary--maybe just an attempt to get sympathy--and that the person could will it away if he or she wanted to. But this can be harsh and unfair, since, whatever the cause is, the pain is usually real.

Origin and Etymology of psychosomatic

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1863


Medical Dictionary

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psychosomatic

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adjective psy·cho·so·mat·ic \ˌsī-kə-sə-ˈmat-ik, -kō-, -sō-\

Medical Definition of psychosomatic

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

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

psychosomatically

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psychosomatic

noun psy·cho·so·mat·ic

Medical Definition of psychosomatic

  1. :  an individual exhibiting psychosomatic symptoms





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