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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Definitions for somaticize

  1. Psychiatry. to convert (anxiety) into physical symptoms.

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Citations for somaticize
We all somaticize at one time or another, experiencing as discouraging remark as a headache, a difficult conversation as a stomachache, or a disappointing reversal as a backache. Abraham M. Nussbaum, The Finest Traditions of My Calling, 2016
He tends to somaticize his emotions, turning his fears and worries into physical symptoms. Scot Danforth and Terry Jo Smith, Engaging Troubling Students, 2005
Origin of somaticize
Somaticize is the verb form of somatic, which stems from the Greek sōmatikós, "of, pertaining to the body." Ultimately both terms derive from the Greek sôma meaning "body."