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The parts of an organism other than the reproductive cells.
- ‘The germ line of every Hessian fly contains two sets of chromosomes, a germ-line-limited set called the E chromosomes and a set that is found in both the germ line and the soma, the S chromosomes.’
- ‘In this asymmetric cell division, the mother cell represents the soma and the daughter cell the germline.’
- ‘We find that 2X germ cells express high levels of ovo-B regardless of the sexual identity of either the surrounding soma or the germ cells themselves.’
- ‘For this to work, however, the spike would have to propagate along the t-stem axon and into the cell soma.’
- ‘We show that two sex-determination signals, the X chromosome number within the germ cells and a female soma, differentially regulate ovo-B and ovo-A.’
2The body as distinct from the soul, mind, or psyche.
anatomy, figure, frame, form, shape, build, physique, framework, skeleton, bones, flesh and bonesView synonyms
- ‘The Greek background includes the idea that the psyche separates from the soma, ‘body,’ at death and lives on.’
- ‘They discuss the importance of using this expanded system to increase the physician's understanding of the complex interplay between the soma, the psyche and the social milieu of the patient.’
- ‘There have also been two kinds of adverse effects, on psyche and soma.’
- ‘Janet's original formulation of the concept of dissociation, on the other hand, was applicable to both psyche and soma.’
- ‘There is a definite relationship between the psyche and the soma (mind and the body).’
Late 19th century: from Greek sōma ‘body’.
1An intoxicating drink prepared from a plant and used in Vedic ritual, believed to be the drink of the gods.See also hom
- ‘In India, the religious use of a psychedelic called soma was featured in the Rig Veda and entheogens have been a part of south Asian religious practice for millennia.’
- ‘Ambrosia, nectar, soma, these swill through our myths and histories.’
- ‘Fire worship was central to the Aryans and to their Vedic and Avestan expressions, as was the tradition of the holy drink - the Vedic soma and the Avestan haoma.’
- ‘And there's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering.’
- ‘The horse sacrifice, soma sacrifice, agricultural rituals and coronation of kings follow a ceremonial ritual that are explained in the Yajur Veda, mainly for the Brahmin class to follow and implement.’
- 1.1count noun A plant used to make soma.
- ‘When Soma was pressed and made into a drink, the ancient worshipper who imbibed it gained the powerful attributes of this God.’
- ‘The latest blight has nearly wiped out the river grass that soma is extracted from.’
- ‘He ate up the soma plant of sage Medhatithi who called him Mesha thereafter.’
- ‘Soma is much praised in the g Veda, in which is told the myth of the discovery of the soma plant in Heaven.’
- 1.2 (in Aldous Huxley's novel "Brave New World") a narcotic drug which produces euphoria and hallucination, distributed by the state in order to promote content and social harmony.
- ‘The people, for whom the media is " soma ", are hapless vessels of their message.’
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