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Somatic

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Updated March 28, 2013

Definition:

Somatic means of the physical body, or relating to the physical body, as opposed to the mind.

In fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, you sometimes see the term "somatic symptoms," which is used to separate those symptoms from ones that may be psychological.

These conditions have sometimes been labeled as "functional somatic syndromes" or "somatoform disorder," but these classifications are controversial.

Pronunciation: suh-MA-tic
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