Definition of somatic in English:



  • 1Relating to the body, especially as distinct from the mind.

    • ‘In the present study, we examined gender differences in somatic symptoms at a mind/body outpatient clinic.’
    • ‘Do patients with unexplained physical symptoms pressurise general practitioners for somatic treatment?’
    • ‘Future work may identify explicit factors mediating the links between somatic and psychological symptoms.’
    • ‘As many as one in five new consultations in primary care are for somatic symptoms for which no specific cause can be found.’
    • ‘Such patients' insistence that the physician pursue somatic symptoms until a medical diagnosis is obtained can be significantly frustrating.’
    worldly, temporal, secular, mortal, human, mundane, material, non-spiritual, materialistic
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    1. 1.1Biology Relating to the soma.
      • ‘Transgenic mouse modelling has provided a new approach to study the various steps involved in spontaneous and induced mutagenesis in rodent somatic and germline tissues in vivo.’
      • ‘Interspecific heteroplasmic mice were also produced by microinjection of somatic mitochondria into pronucleus-stage embryos.’
      • ‘TP5 and TP6 do not repress P-element activity in somatic cells, nor do they alter the somatic or germ-line phenotypes of P-insertion alleles.’
      • ‘Heterotrophic organisms must acquire nutrients to maintain somatic and gametic function.’
      • ‘From this screen, 13 wpch mutants were recovered with reduced somatic mosaicism and low germline reversion rates.’


Late 18th century: from Greek sōmatikos, from sōma body.