[ sahy-koh-suh-mat-ik, -soh- ]

  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.

Origin of psychosomatic

First recorded in 1860–65; psycho- + somatic

Other words from psychosomatic

  • psy·cho·so·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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How to use psychosomatic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for psychosomatic


/ (ˌsaɪkəʊsəˈmætɪk) /

  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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Cultural definitions for psychosomatic


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

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

Notes for psychosomatic

“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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