somatic meaning

somatic meaning

Somatic is a fancy word that just means dealing with the body. You may be tired of hearing your great-grandfather’s somatic complaints, but give him a break – his body has been working for 80 years!

Soma means body in Latin, so somatic means of the body and is most often used in connection with one’s health. You may be more familiar with the related word, psychosomatic, which describes a physical condition or illness caused by the mind rather than a virus or a sprain. If you don’t want to go to school so much that you begin to feel sick, that is psychosomatic. But sometimes, your somatic symptoms mean you really do have a cold!


Definitions of somatic
  1. adjective

    affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

    somatic symptom or somatic illness”


    bodily, corporal, corporeal




    involving the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit


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