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Sunday, July 24, 2011

somatic

\soh-MAT-ik\ , adjective;
1.
Of the body; bodily; physical.
2.
In anatomy, zoology, pertaining to the body wall of an animal.
3.
In cell biology. pertaining to or affecting the somatic cells, as distinguished from the germ cells.
Quotes:
The causes of illness are somatic, though the symptoms may also be psychological; therefore the treatment must be physical.
-- Donia Whiteley Mills, The rules of the game
Dickens too emphasizes the somatic effects of shorthand in this description of scribbling directly on the palm of the hand.
-- Ivan Kreilkamp, Voice and the Victorian storyteller
Origin:
Somatic derives from the Greek somatikos, "of the body."
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