One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the body wall of an echinoderm.
Located or occurring around or near the cell body (soma) of a neuron.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Huxley (1825–1895), biologist and science educationist. From perisome + -atic, after somatic<br>1960s. From peri- + somatic.
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