[ soh-mat-ik, suh- ]
See synonyms for somatic on
  1. of the body; bodily; physical.

  2. Anatomy, Zoology. pertaining to the body wall of an animal.

  1. 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

Other words for somatic

Opposites for somatic

Other words from somatic

  • so·mat·i·cal·ly, adjective
  • un·so·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use somatic in a sentence

  • He was helped by the somatically-generated radar it employed to steer it past obstacles.

    Rastignac the Devil | Philip Jos Farmer
  • The result led to the further suspicion that not all those individuals that are genetically club show club somatically.

  • Vainly offering his life for Italy, he is not somatically, mentally, or emotionally an Italian.

    Idling in Italy | Joseph Collins

British Dictionary definitions for somatic


/ (səʊˈmætɪk) /

  1. of or relating to the soma: somatic cells

  2. of or relating to an animal body or body wall as distinct from the viscera, limbs, and head

  1. of or relating to the human body as distinct from the mind: a somatic disease

Origin of somatic

C18: from Greek sōmatikos concerning the body, from sōma the body

Derived forms of somatic

  • somatically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for somatic


[ sō-mătĭk ]

  1. 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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