soma

noun (1)
so·​ma | \ ˈsō-mə How to pronounce soma (audio) \

Definition of soma

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an intoxicating juice from a plant of disputed identity that was used in ancient India as an offering to the gods and as a drink of immortality by worshippers in Vedic ritual and worshipped in personified form as a Vedic god

soma

noun (2)
plural somata\ ˈsō-​mə-​tə How to pronounce somata (audio) \ or somas

Definition of soma (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the body of an organism
2 : all of an organism except the germ cells
3 : cell body

First Known Use of soma

Noun (1)

1827, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for soma

Noun (1)

Sanskrit; akin to Avestan haoma, a Zoroastrian ritual drink, Sanskrit sunoti he presses out

Noun (2)

New Latin somat-, soma, from Greek sōmat-, sōma body

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soma

noun
so·​ma | \ ˈsō-mə How to pronounce soma (audio) \
plural somata\ ˈsō-​mət-​ə How to pronounce somata (audio) \ or somas

Medical Definition of soma

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the body of an organism
2 : all of an organism except the germ cells
3 : cell body

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So·​ma | \ ˈsō-mə How to pronounce Soma (audio) \

Medical Definition of Soma (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a preparation of carisoprodol

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