[ suh-mat-uh-sen-suh-ree, soh-muh-tuh- ]
/ səˌmæt əˈsɛn sə ri, ˌsoʊ mə tə- /


of or relating to sensations that involve parts of the body not associated with the primary sense organs.

Nearby words

  1. somatopathy,
  2. somatoplasm,
  3. somatopleure,
  4. somatopsychic,
  5. somatopsychosis,
  6. somatosensory cortex,
  7. somatosexual,
  8. somatostatin,
  9. somatostatinoma,
  10. somatotherapy

Origin of somatosensory

First recorded in 1950–55; somato- + sensory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for somatosensory



1952, from somato- "body" + sensory.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for somatosensory


[ sə-măt′ə-sĕnsə-rē, sō′mə-tə- ]


Of or relating to the perception of sensory stimuli from the skin and internal organs.

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