Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
  • adjective Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind, especially with respect to disease.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating to both soul and body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to both the mind and the body.
  • adjective medicine, psychology Pertaining to physical diseases, symptoms etc. which have mental causes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective used of illness or symptoms resulting from neurosis

Etymologies

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From psycho- + somatic.

Examples

  • The term psychosomatic was coined in 1860 to define a disorder having physical symptoms, but originating from mental or emotional causes.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 …

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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