so·​mat·​ic | \ sō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce somatic (audio) , 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 How to pronounce somatic (audio) , sə-​ \ adverb

Examples of somatic in a Sentence

a somatic disorder that was once thought to be “all in the patient's head”
Recent Examples on the Web While marginally helpful, nothing really worked until my longtime psychiatrist suggested somatic therapy. Kate Hirsch, SELF, 20 July 2021 Of those surveyed in a study by the National Institutes of Health, 42.7% of frontline nurses who worked during the pandemic reported somatic symptoms, or physical manifestations, of stress. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Recent evidence shows that Covid-19-related health anxiety negatively impacts employees’ goal progress at work, family engagement, and somatic health. Benjamin Laker, Forbes, 4 May 2021 Don't like encumbrance rules or somatic requirements to cast spells? Jason Bennett, Arkansas Online, 14 June 2021 His clean distinction between psycho and somatic betrays an inaccurate conceptualization. WSJ, 28 Mar. 2021 Their offerings weave together breath work, somatic attunement, embodiment, creative practices, and coaching for an integrative and transformative experience. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 12 Mar. 2021 That somatic connection to her paintings is crucial to her mental and spiritual health., 11 Mar. 2021 Milly Obdeijn is a trainer and somatic coach with a performance and teaching background in dance. Rsm Discovery, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of somatic was circa 1775

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“Somatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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so·​mat·​ic | \ sō-ˈmat-ik, sə- How to pronounce somatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of somatic

1a : of, relating to, or affecting the body especially as distinguished from the germplasm : 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 How to pronounce somatic (audio) \ adverb

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