soma

1
[soh-muh]
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noun, plural so·ma·ta [soh-muh-tuh] /ˈsoʊ mə tə/, so·mas. Biology.
  1. the body of an organism as contrasted with its germ cells.

Origin of soma

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

soma

2
[soh-muh]

Origin of soma

2
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1820–30
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Related Words for somata

stalk, stem, torso, log, column, block, butt, stock, bole, soma, thorax

British Dictionary definitions for somata

soma

1
noun plural -mata (-mətə) or -mas
  1. 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

soma

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noun
  1. an intoxicating plant juice drink used in Vedic rituals

Word Origin for soma

from Sanskrit
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Word Origin and History for somata

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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somata in Medicine

soma

[sōmə]
n. pl. so•mas
  1. The entire body of an organism, exclusive of the germ cells.
  2. The axial part of a body, including the head, neck, trunk, and tail.
  3. The body of a person as contrasted with the mind or psyche.
  4. cell body
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