somatic

adjective

so·​mat·​ic sō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce somatic (audio)
sə-
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
somatically 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 Studies have shown that surviving siblings have increased rates of depression and somatic symptoms, a lower sense of meaningfulness and benevolence in the world, and lower perceived self-worth. Annie Sklaver Orenstein, TIME, 25 May 2024 Dance theater has provided me with opportunities for complete physical and spiritual presence, enrapturing me in somatic wonder and imaginative adventure. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2024 Note possible negative effects of VR, such as somatic illusions, vestibular distortions and elevated loads on the eyes. Sergei Vardomatski, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 What’s more, in somatic medicine, a patient didn’t need to have a good reason for stopping care. Katie Engelhart, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2024 The participants will be taught techniques drawn from movement therapy and somatic yoga. Rory Smith, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Move your body daily through sensual nature walks, somatic exercises, dance, yoga, or deep stretching before diving into anything else. Essence, 10 Jan. 2024 Not just to her psychologist and her somatic therapist, but to other players. Rory Smith, New York Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Looking beyond her accomplishments, Liz envisions a world where somatic exercise is accessible and as popular as yoga. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near somatic

Cite this Entry

“Somatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/somatic. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

somatic

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

Medical Definition

somatic

adjective
so·​mat·​ic sō-ˈmat-ik, sə- How to pronounce somatic (audio)
1
a
: 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
somatically adverb

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