An example of psychosomatic is shortness of breath brought on by a panic attack whenever a person eats an apple; a psychosomatic fear of apples.
- designating or of a disorder of the body originating in or aggravated by the psychic or emotional processes of the individual
- designating a system of medicine using a coordinated psychological and physiological approach to the study of the causes and treatment of psychosomatic disorders
Origin of psychosomaticpsycho- + somatic: origin, originally coined by S. T. Coleridge (1830) as Psycho-somatic, of the mind and the body together
- Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
- 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.
(comparative more psychosomatic, superlative most psychosomatic)
From psycho- + somatic.