adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1863 1. of, relating to, concerned with, or involving both mind and body <
the psychosomatic nature of man — Herbert Ratner
2. of, relating to, involving, or concerned with bodily symptoms caused by mental or emotional disturbance <
psychosomatic symptoms
psychosomatic medicine
psychosomatically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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