- 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.
Origin of psychosomatic
Examples from the Web for psychosomatic
The historical Woodrow Wilson suffered from numerous complaints which we might today label as psychosomatic.The Devil and Woodrow Wilson: An Interview With Joyce Carol Oates
March 19, 2013
Too tired, nerves worn too thin, psychosomatic control slipping.The Chapter Ends
Poul William Anderson
Psychosomatic disorders, hypochondria: Physical disorders caused by emotional problems are psychosomatic.
Psychosomatic medicine focuses on the second of these; our focus here is on the first: physical origins of emotional disturbance.
Likewise, psychosomatic controls that can handle any ordinary wound we might permit them to inflict.Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones
- of or relating to disorders, such as stomach ulcers, thought to be caused or aggravated by psychological factors such as stress
Word Origin and History for psychosomatic
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.
- 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.
A descriptive term for the relationship between the mind and body.