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
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.Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila | Thomas Hunt Morgan
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
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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