of the body; bodily; physical.
Anatomy, Zoology. pertaining to the body wall of an animal.
Cell Biology. pertaining to or affecting the somatic cells, as distinguished from the germ cells.
- so·mat·i·cal·ly, adjective
- un·so·mat·ic, adjective
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How to use somatic in a sentence
For example, a pivotal 2012 study by Harvard geneticist Christopher Walsh and his colleagues uncovered evidence that somatic mutations were the root cause of some forms of epilepsy.The quest to learn if our brain’s mutations affect mental health | Roxanne Khamsi | August 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
They concluded that the somatic changes in DNA that create a mosaic accumulate “slowly but inexorably with age in the normal human brain.”The quest to learn if our brain’s mutations affect mental health | Roxanne Khamsi | August 25, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
This process is known as somatic cell nuclear transfer, and it’s how Kurt the horse was born, as well as Dolly the sheep.The First Endangered American Animal Has Been Cloned | Vanessa Bates Ramirez | February 19, 2021 | Singularity Hub
So, compassion for patients can reduce symptoms of depression, reduce symptoms of anxiety, reduce emotional distress associated with somatic illnesses like having cancer.
Slicing somatic cells, however, which include all cells aside from sperm and egg cells, would only affect the individual being treated.Two women just won the Nobel Prize for their work on the gene-editing technique CRISPR | Claire Maldarelli | October 7, 2020 | Popular-Science
And 44 years down the line I still get that… I still get that very strange, bodily, somatic thing.The Writer and the Potter: Edmund De Waal on his New York Debut | Iain Millar | September 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
They have all kinds of somatic pains, body pains that come and go.America’s Depression Diagnoses Epidemic and How to Fix It | Jesse Singal | March 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Thomas attributed her knowledge of the body to years of dancing and studying somatic experience, or trauma healing.Hilaria Thomas, Yoga Instructor (and the Next Mrs. Alec Baldwin) | Lizzie Crocker | May 22, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The outer or somatic wall of the plates retains its previous simple constitution.
In the rudimentary outgrowth to form the limbs the mesoblast cells of the somatic layer are crowded in an especially dense manner.
It is probable also, though this point is less certain, that the skeleton would be derived from the somatic layer.
The diverticula from the alimentary cavity form the water-vascular system and the somatic and splanchnic layers of mesoblast.
In the appendage-bearing segments the somatic layer is continued up into the appendages.
British Dictionary definitions for somatic
of or relating to the soma: somatic cells
of or relating to an animal body or body wall as distinct from the viscera, limbs, and head
of or relating to the human body as distinct from the mind: a somatic disease
- somatically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for somatic
Relating to the body.♦ The cells of the body with the exception of the reproductive cells (gametes) are known as somatic cells. See Note at mitosis.
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