soma

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[ 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.

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Origin of soma

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1830–40; < New Latin < Greek sôma body

Definition for somata (2 of 2)

soma2
[ soh-muh ]
/ ˈsoʊ mə /

noun

Origin of soma

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Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1820–30
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British Dictionary definitions for somata (1 of 2)

soma1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for somata (2 of 2)

soma2
/ (ˈsəʊmə) /

noun

an intoxicating plant juice drink used in Vedic rituals

Word Origin for soma

from Sanskrit
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Medical definitions for somata

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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