soma

1
[ soh-muh ]
/ ˈsoʊ mə /

noun, plural so·ma·ta [soh-muh-tuh] /ˈsoʊ mə tə/, so·mas. Biology.

the body of an organism as contrasted with its germ cells.

Nearby words

  1. solzhenitsyn, aleksandr,
  2. solzhenitsyn, aleksandr isayevich,
  3. som,
  4. som.,
  5. som1,
  6. somaesthesia,
  7. somali,
  8. somali cat,
  9. somali current,
  10. somalia

Origin of soma

1
1830–40; < New Latin < Greek sôma body

soma

2
[ soh-muh ]
/ ˈsoʊ mə /

noun

Origin of soma

2
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1820–30

Soma

[ soh-muh ]
/ ˈsoʊ mə /

Pharmacology, Trademark.

a brand of carisoprodol.

-soma

a variant of -some3, used especially in the formation of names of zoological genera: Schistosoma.

Origin of -soma

< New Latin < Greek sôma

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British Dictionary definitions for soma

soma

1
/ (ˈsəʊmə) /

noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas

the body of an organism, esp an animal, as distinct from the germ cells

Word Origin for soma

C19: via New Latin from Greek sōma the body

noun

an intoxicating plant juice drink used in Vedic rituals

Word Origin for soma

from Sanskrit

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Word Origin and History for soma

soma

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for soma

soma

[ sōmə ]

n. pl. so•mas

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

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