so·mat·ic | \sō-ˈma-tik, sə-\

Definition of somatic 

1 : of, relating to, or affecting the body especially as distinguished from the germplasm

2 : of or relating to the wall of the body : parietal

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Other Words from somatic

somatically \sō-ˈma-ti-k(ə-)lē, sə- \ adverb

Examples of somatic in a Sentence

a somatic disorder that was once thought to be “all in the patient's head”

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Perhaps the problem is more psychological than somatic. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 Tony Ambush, a massage therapist and the wellness coordinator at Total Health Guidance in Orlando, practices somatic massage with meditation techniques. Katie Parsons,, "Somatic massage helps with pain, trauma," 29 June 2018 The current psychiatric diagnostic manual has abandoned hypochondria as a disorder, replacing it in 2013 with two new concepts: somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder. New York Times, "A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria," 18 June 2018 This time around, the featured speaker is Maggie Horton-Brande, a bodyworker, meditation instructor and somatic practitioner. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Things to do Monday, June 4," 2 June 2018 The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders replaced hypochondriasis with two alternatives: somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "For people with severe health anxiety, the Internet can be a terrible place," 3 Feb. 2018 During five consecutive Saturdays, this sextet engaged in somatic exercises involving yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, dance and theater games before heading into the woods to commune with nature. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Magic in the air in three Milwaukee shows," 16 Oct. 2017 Its adherents tend to be regular, simple folk, who may not articulate a Jacksonian paradigm but understand its governing philosophy by somatic impulse. Wil S. Hylton, New York Times, "Down the Breitbart Hole," 16 Aug. 2017 But acceptance jumped to 39% if the enhancement was in somatic cells, and only 35% objected. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Americans are becoming more open to human genome editing, survey finds, but concerns remain," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of somatic

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for somatic

Greek sōmatikos, from sōmat-, sōma

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so·mat·ic | \sō-ˈmat-ik, sə- \

Medical Definition of somatic 

1a : of, relating to, or affecting the body especially as distinguished from the germplasm or psyche : physical

b : of, relating to, supplying, or involving skeletal muscles the somatic nervous system a somatic reflex

2 : of or relating to the wall of the body as distinguished from the viscera : parietal

Other Words from somatic

somatically \-i-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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