from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or affecting the body, especially as distinguished from a body part, the mind, or the environment; corporeal or physical. See Synonyms at bodily.
- adj. Of or relating to the wall of the body cavity, especially as distinguished from the head, limbs, or viscera.
- adj. Of or relating to the portion of the vertebrate nervous system that regulates voluntary movement.
- adj. Of or relating to a somatic cell or the somatoplasm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Part of, or relating to the body of an organism.
- adj. Of or relating to the wall of the body; somatopleuric; parietal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the body as a whole; corporeal.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the wall of the body; somatopleuric; parietal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the body or material organism, as distinguished from the soul, spirit, or mind; physical; corporeal; bodily.
- Of or pertaining to the soma: as, the longitudinal somatic axis lies in the meson.
- Of or pertaining to the cavity or interior hollow of the body of an animal, and especially to the body-walls of such cavity; parietal, as distinguished from visceral or splanchnic; cœlomatic; somatopleural.
- Pertaining to mass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
And this is the term somatic cell, which means a body cell.
Some scientists now use the term somatic stem cell instead of adult stem cell.
Gene manipulation, as it's being performed now, is gene manipulation of what we call somatic cells.
With her expertise in somatic healing, she has developed a powerful healing touch.
Objects like a basketball, a jet or a piano play a role in somatic cognition that is similar to the role of words in conscious thought.
This state is funding multi-millions in somatic cell transfer embryo stem cell research.
It probably also had some basis in somatic reality.
These produce what is termed somatic stress i.e., stress induced by direct trauma to the body rather than stress triggered by an internal emotional reaction.
These observations had led to a theory called the somatic mutation hypothesis of cancer.
These are examples of what the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio calls the somatic bodily response – in possibly oversimplified terms, you cannot feel an emotion unless, as Damasio says, you can literally feel it, if not in your gut, then in your body.