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[soh-mat-ik, suh-] /soʊˈmæt ɪk, sə-/
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
Related forms
somatically, adjective
unsomatic, adjective
1. corporal.
1. psychic. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for somatic
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for somatic


of or relating to the soma: somatic cells
of or relating to an animal body or body wall as distinct from the viscera, limbs, and head
of or relating to the human body as distinct from the mind: a somatic disease
Derived Forms
somatically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Greek sōmatikos concerning the body, from sōma the body
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Word Origin and History for somatic

"pertaining to the body" (as distinct from the soul, spirit, or mind), 1775, from French somatique and directly from Greek somatikos "of the body," from soma (genitive somatos) "the body" (see somato-).

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somatic in Medicine

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 in Science
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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