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psychosomatic

[sahy-koh-suh-mat-ik, -soh-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
  2. pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body.
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Origin of psychosomatic

First recorded in 1860–65; psycho- + somatic
Related formspsy·cho·so·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for psycho-somatic

psychosomatic

adjective
  1. of or relating to disorders, such as stomach ulcers, thought to be caused or aggravated by psychological factors such as stress
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Word Origin and History for psycho-somatic

psychosomatic

adj.

1847, "pertaining to the relation between mind and body," from Greek psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + somatikos, from soma (genitive somatos) "body" (see somato-). Applied from 1938 to physical disorders with psychological causes. Etymologically it could as easily apply to emotional disorders with physical causes, but it is rarely used as such.

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psycho-somatic in Medicine

psychosomatic

(sī′kō-sō-mătĭk)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
  2. Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, especially with respect to disease.
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psycho-somatic in Culture

psychosomatic

[(seye-koh-suh-mat-ik)]

A descriptive term for the relationship between the mind and body.

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Note

“Psychosomatic” disorders have definite physical symptoms but are thought to be caused by emotional or psychological factors. Anorexia nervosa is an example of a psychosomatic illness.
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