psychosomatic [sahy-koh-s uh- mat-ik, -soh-] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors. pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body. Related forms psy·cho·so·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for psycho-somatic 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 ([object Object]) Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes. 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.
“Psychosomatic” disorders have definite physical symptoms but are thought to be caused by emotional or psychological factors.
is an example of a psychosomatic illness.
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