psychosomatic


psychosomatic
Pertaining to the influence of the mind or higher functions of the brain ( e.g., emotions, fears, desires) upon the functions of the body, especially in relation to bodily disorders or disease. See psychophysiologic. SYN: psychophysical (2). [psycho- + G. soma, body]

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psy·cho·so·mat·ic .sī-kə-sə-'mat-ik, -kō-, -sō- adj
1) of, relating to, concerned with, or involving both mind and body <the \psychosomatic nature of man (Herbert Ratner)>
2 a) of, relating to, involving, or concerned with bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbance <\psychosomatic illness> <\psychosomatic medicine>
b) exhibiting psychosomatic symptoms <a \psychosomatic patient>
psy·cho·so·mat·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv
psychosomatic n an individual exhibiting psychosomatic symptoms

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adj.
relating to or involving both the mind and body: usually applied to illnesses that are caused by the interaction of mental and physical factors. Certain physical illnesses, including asthma, eczema, and peptic ulcer, are thought to be in part a response to psychological and social stresses. Psychological treatments sometimes have a marked effect, but are usually much less effective than physical treatments for such illnesses.

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psy·cho·so·mat·ic (si″ko-so-matґik) [psycho- + somat- + -ic] pertaining to the mind-body relationship; having bodily symptoms of psychic, emotional, or mental origin; called also psychophysiologic. See also under disorder.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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