Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The physiological and anatomical study of the body.
  • n. See physical anthropology.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of the physical nature of man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine or the science of the general properties of material substances; somatics.
  • n. A treatise on the human body; anatomy.
  • n. The science which treats of anatomy and physiology, apart from psychology.
  • n. The consideration of the physical characters of races and classes of men and of mankind in general.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of living or organized bodies, considered with regard only to their physical nature or structure.
  • n. More broadly, physics; the doctrine of material bodies or substances.
  • n. Specifically, the doctrine of the human body, as a department of anthropology; human anatomy and physiology; also, a treatise on this subject.

Etymologies

From soma (body) +‎ -ology. (Wiktionary)

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