from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
- adj. Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind, especially with respect to disease: psychosomatic medicine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Pertaining to both the mind and the body.
- adj. Pertaining to physical diseases, symptoms etc. which have mental causes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to both soul and body.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. used of illness or symptoms resulting from neurosis
The term psychosomatic was coined in 1860 to define a disorder having physical symptoms, but originating from mental or emotional causes.
That which medicine can't explain we tend to label psychosomatic and blame the patient, a cruel phenomenon all too familiar to those who've had MS, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus, and a myriad of other ailments in decades past.
I genuinely believe that if all Americans turned off tehir televisions and were not exposed to the advertizing for six months, there would be less reported illness in this country … I think a lot of the illnesses we have are psychosomatic from the barrage of ads …
Beleaguered and frustrated by doctors who, frustrated themselves, periodically declared her pain psychosomatic, Kamen came to understand the plight of the millions who suffer chronic pain in its many forms.
But the mentally stable are afflicted by chronic, low-level anxiety, which manifests itself in psychosomatic illness, ulcers, overeating, dependence on tranquilizers, and an inability to face a future of more than a few days 'duration.
After he went to bed it suddenly occurred to me that my dizzy/tired thing might even be psychosomatic, that is, real physical symptoms that are anxiety/emotion based.
We are just now beginning to develop a new kind of medicine called psychosomatic medicine—a medicine that treats both the mind and the body.
As a theorist of 'sympathy' and 'vitalism', he propounded what would now be described as a psychosomatic theory of illness.
In the second rank of the most active positivists, especially in France, were to be found a good many medical men, particularly those interested in psychopathology, for Comte, who railed at ordinary doctors both in his books and in person, had, despite his semi-commitment to the phrenology of Gall and some odd notions on the “cerebral faculties,” some very remarkable things to say about the nature and treat - ment of mental illness and had anticipated something of the assumptions and practices of what we should nowadays call psychosomatic medicine.
In short, these papers contribute to a kind of psychosomatic literary history of psychoanalysis, one that traces in Romantic literature, through its shifting textual forms, a cultural symptomatology that marks the affective and affecting influence in literature of an emerging consciousness mediated by both its psychiatric and psychoanalytic tendencies.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.