[ soh-mat-ik, suh- ]
/ soʊˈmæt ɪk, sə- /


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.

Origin of somatic

1765–75; <Greek sōmatikós of, pertaining to the body, equivalent to sōmat-somat- + -ikos-ic


so·mat·i·cal·ly, adjectiveun·so·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for somatic

/ (səʊˈmætɪk) /


of or relating to the somasomatic 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 minda somatic disease

Derived forms of somatic

somatically, adverb

Word Origin for somatic

C18: from Greek sōmatikos concerning the body, from sōma the body
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Medical definitions for somatic

[ sō-mătĭk ]


Of, relating to, or affecting the body, especially as distinguished from a body part, the mind, or the environment; corporeal or physical.
Of or relating to the wall of the body cavity, especially as distinguished from the head, limbs, or viscera.
Relating to the vegetative, as distinguished from the generative, functions.
Of or relating to a somatic cell or the somatoplasm.

Other words from somatic

so•mati•cal•ly adv.
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Scientific definitions for somatic

[ sō-mătĭk ]

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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