- 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
- 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 psycho-somatic
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.