(physiol) the section of the nervous system responsible for sensation and control of the skeletal muscles Compare autonomic nervous system
somatic nervous system [(soh-mat-ik)]
The part of the nervous system that controls voluntary movements in the body, such as those performed by the skeletal muscles (see muscular system). The somatic nervous system also includes the special nerve fibers that help keep the body in touch with its surroundings, such as those involved in touch, hearing, and sight.
- Somatic reproduction
somatic reproduction n. Asexual reproduction by fission or budding of somatic cells.
- Somatic sensory cortex
somatic sensory cortex or somatosensory cortex n. The region of the cerebral cortex receiving the somatic sensory data from the ventrobasal nucleus of the thalamus.
- Somatic swallow
somatic swallow n. An adult or mature swallowing pattern, marked by muscular contractions that appear to be under control at a subconscious level.
noun, Psychiatry. 1. any of a group of treatments presumed to act on biological factors leading to mental illness.