somatic

adjective
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 somatically (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 Eight ounces was the weight of my feelings about my body and its ability to perform the somatic functions of motherhood. Christie Tate, Washington Post, "Mourning the last bag of breast milk, long after my kids outgrew breast-feeding," 16 Aug. 2019 In some cases, Lanier Payne says people might have somatic symptoms, including physical pain and headaches. Ashley Abramson, Allure, "Clinical Depression: How to Find the Right Treatment For Your Symptoms," 26 Feb. 2020 Since its inception, dance therapy, similar to somatic psychotherapies, has emphasized the reciprocal interaction between body and mind, and the ability to regulate emotions via changes in body postures and movements. Adrianna Mendrek, Quartz, "Dancing could treat depression and other brain diseases," 9 Dec. 2019 The sheer, somatic extremity of such a scene throws the player back out of the body of their avatar and onto their couch. Nick Capozzoli, Ars Technica, "How Modern Warfare smooths over the horrors of war," 22 Nov. 2019 Retreat activities also include trauma therapy offerings like tai chi, acupuncture and somatic bodywork. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Reaching out to all the ‘silent warriors’ out there," 3 Nov. 2019 None of the new studies fully address exactly how information learned or acquired in the somatic tissues is communicated and incorporated into the germline. quantamagazine.org, "Inherited Learning? It Happens, but How Is Uncertain," 16 Oct. 2019 But flowers, which contain both kinds of germ cells—pollen and ova—form from active somatic tissue at the tips of growing stems. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 Given that somatic tissue mutations should accumulate in a plant's germ cells over successive generations, Schwoch wondered why plants don't wind up with many more such mutations than animals—and a greater burden of harmful ones. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/somatic. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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somatic

adjective
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 somatically (audio) \ adverb

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