somaticize

[suh-mat-uh-sahyz, soh-muh-tuh-]

verb (used with object), so·mat·i·cized, so·mat·i·ciz·ing. Psychiatry.

to convert (anxiety) into physical symptoms.

Also especially British, so·mat·i·cise.

Origin of somaticize

Related formsso·mat·i·za·tion [suh-mat-uh-zey-shuh n, soh-muh-tuh-] /səˌmæt əˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌsoʊ mə tə-/, noun
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Word Origin and History for somatization
n.

1925, in psychology, from somato- "body," + -ization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for somatization

somatization

[sō′mə-tĭ-zāshən]

n.

In psychiatry, the conversion of anxiety into physical symptoms.
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