[soh-mat-ik, suh-]
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.

1765–75; < Greek sōmatikós of, pertaining to the body, equivalent to sōmat- somat- + -ikos -ic

somatically, adjective
unsomatic, adjective

1. corporal.

1. psychic. Unabridged
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somatic (səʊˈmætɪk)
1.  of or relating to the soma: somatic cells
2.  of or relating to an animal body or body wall as distinct from the viscera, limbs, and head
3.  of or relating to the human body as distinct from the mind: a somatic disease
[C18: from Greek sōmatikos concerning the body, from sōma the body]

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Word Origin & History

"pertaining to the body," 1775, from Fr. somatique, from Gk. somatikos "of the body," from soma (gen. somatos) "body."
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somatic so·mat·ic (sō-māt'ĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or affecting the body, especially as distinguished from a body part, the mind, or the environment; corporeal or physical.

  2. Of or relating to the wall of the body cavity, especially as distinguished from the head, limbs, or viscera.

  3. Relating to the vegetative, as distinguished from the generative, functions.

  4. Of or relating to a somatic cell or the somatoplasm.

so·mat'i·cal·ly adv.
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somatic   (sō-māt'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
Mouse somatic cells, unlike human ones, express some amount of telomerase.
All species make tradeoffs between reproductive and somatic investment.
The somatic sensory fibers, few in number, are said to join the spinal tract of the trigeminal nerve.
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