[sahy-koh-suh-mat-ik, -soh-]
of or pertaining to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body.

1860–65; psycho- + somatic

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psychosomatic (ˌsaɪkəʊsəˈmætɪk)
of or relating to disorders, such as stomach ulcers, thought to be caused or aggravated by psychological factors such as stress

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1863, "pertaining to the relation between mind and body," from Gk. psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + somatikos, from soma (gen. somatos) "body." Applied from 1938 to physical disorders with psychological causes. It can as easily apply to emotional disorders with physical causes,
but it is rarely used as such.
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psychosomatic psy·cho·so·mat·ic (sī'kō-sō-māt'ĭk)

  1. Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.

  2. Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, especially with respect to disease.

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psychosomatic [(seye-koh-suh-mat-ik)]

A descriptive term for the relationship between the mind and body.

Note: “Psychosomatic” disorders have definite physical symptoms but are thought to be caused by emotional or psychological factors. Anorexia nervosa is an example of a psychosomatic illness.
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