so·​mat·​ic sō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce somatic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the body especially as distinguished from the germplasm
: of or relating to the wall of the body : parietal
somatically adverb

Example Sentences

a somatic disorder that was once thought to be “all in the patient's head”
Recent Examples on the Web The news comes three months after Sema4 announced plans to exit another line of business — somatic oncology — and close its first Connecticut lab, in Branford. Hartford Courant, 14 Nov. 2022 That’s when Pellecchia, straight out of Roger Williams University, joined the choreographer’s company — dancing and learning to embody Josa-Jones’s practice of somatic (mind-body) movement and deeply personal storytelling. Karen Campbell,, 12 Oct. 2022 For help processing it, engage someone who practices somatic therapy. Maddie Bender, Men's Health, 4 Oct. 2022 Specialties include somatic experiencing and working with dreams and creative expressive therapies. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022 In the months that followed, Edwards searched for a healing program with a somatic focus. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2022 Richard and Inigo presented on drugs and mutations that slow aging in mice, and somatic mutations and clonal expansions in aging, respectively. Alex Zhavoronkov, Forbes, 29 June 2022 In some children, mutations appeared in some but not all their brain cells, somatic mutations that slowly built up during brain development. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 3 June 2022 Visits to the school nurse for somatic complaints related to mental health are up 60%, and there’s been a 50% increase in school nurse visits for anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder over the last three years. Seamus Mcavoy,, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History


Greek sōmatikos, from sōmat-, sōma

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of somatic was circa 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Somatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



so·​mat·​ic sō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce somatic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the body especially as compared to the mind or the tissue producing the germ cells

Medical Definition



so·​mat·​ic sō-ˈmat-ik, sə- How to pronounce somatic (audio)
: of, relating to, or affecting the body especially as distinguished from the germplasm : physical
: of, relating to, supplying, or involving skeletal muscles
the somatic nervous system
a somatic reflex
: of or relating to the wall of the body as distinguished from the viscera : parietal
somatically adverb

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