psychosomatic

adjective psy·cho·so·mat·ic \ ˌsī-kō-sə-ˈma-tik \
|Updated on: 28 May 2018
1 : of, relating to, concerned with, or involving both mind and body
  • the psychosomatic nature of man
  • —Herbert Ratner
2 : of, relating to, involving, or concerned with bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbance
  • psychosomatic symptoms
  • psychosomatic medicine

psychosomatically

play \ˌsī-kō-sə-ˈma-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of psychosomatic in a Sentence

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

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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

PSYCHOSOMATIC Defined for English Language Learners

psychosomatic

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


Medical Dictionary

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psychosomatic

adjective psy·cho·so·mat·ic \ ˌsī-kə-sə-ˈmat-ik, -kō-, -sō- \
1 : of, relating to, concerned with, or involving both mind and body
  • the psychosomatic nature of man
  • —Herbert Ratner
2 a : 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

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

2

psychosomatic

noun
: an individual exhibiting psychosomatic symptoms


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