somatization

noun so·ma·ti·za·tion \ ˌsō-mə-tə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of somatization

: conversion of a mental state (such as depression or anxiety) into physical symptoms; also : the existence of physical bodily complaints in the absence of a known medical condition

First Known Use of somatization

1925

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somatization

noun so·ma·ti·za·tion \ ˌsō-mət-ə-ˈzā-shən \
variants: or chiefly British somatisation play \-mə-ˌtī-ˈ\

medical Definition of somatization

: conversion of a mental state (as depression or anxiety) into physical symptoms; also : the existence of physical bodily complaints in the absence of a known medical condition

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