so·​mato·​type sō-ˈma-tə-ˌtīp How to pronounce somatotype (audio)
: body type : physique

Examples of somatotype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The very use of the term normal privileges a particular somatotype as normative. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 31 Aug. 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of somatotype was in 1940

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“Somatotype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
so·​ma·​to·​type ˈsō-mət-ə-ˌtīp How to pronounce somatotype (audio) sō-ˈmat-ə- How to pronounce somatotype (audio)
: a body type or physique especially in a system of classification based on the relative development of ectomorphic, endomorphic, and mesomorphic components
somatotypic adjective
somatotypically adverb


2 of 2 transitive verb
somatotyped; somatotyping
: to determine the somatotype of (as a human body) : classify according to physique

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