Definition of somatization in English:


(also somatisation)


  • [mass noun] The manifestation of psychological distress by the presentation of bodily symptoms.

    [as modifier] ‘somatization disorder’
    • ‘It's one of a number of different somatoform disorders, the most serious of which is somatization disorder, a condition that is roughly 10 times more common in women than in men.’
    • ‘A few patients are seriously disabled through a long history of many unexplained symptoms, defined as somatisation disorder.’
    • ‘However, a certain bias in Western psychiatry exists against somatization as an inferior way of dealing with emotions and intrapsychic conflicts.’
    • ‘Relationships between family health and somatization and obsessive-compulsive symptoms were significant for women but not for men.’
    • ‘The psychiatric disorders associated with somatization, specifically anxiety and depression, respond well to pharmacologic treatment.’