- the body of an organism as contrasted with its germ cells.
Origin of soma1
Origin of soma2
- the body of an organism, esp an animal, as distinct from the germ cells
- an intoxicating plant juice drink used in Vedic rituals
Word Origin and History for somata
name of an intoxicant used in ancient Vedic ritual, prepared from the juice of some East Indian plant, 1785, from Sanskrit soma, from PIE *seu- "juice," from root *seue- (2) "to take liquid" (see sup (v.2)). In "Brave New World" (1932), the name of a state-dispensed narcotic producing euphoria and hallucination.
- The entire body of an organism, exclusive of the germ cells.
- The axial part of a body, including the head, neck, trunk, and tail.
- The body of a person as contrasted with the mind or psyche.
- cell body