a psychiatrist who considers all mental illnesses to have physical origins.
noun 1. a mental illness, usually beginning before age 20, characterized by multiple physical complaints for which no physical causes can be found and often leading to unnecessary treatment or surgery and to severe disability. somatization disorder n. A disorder characterized by an individual’s seeking help for and acquiring a complicated medical history of multiple […]
1. a combining form meaning “body,” used in the formation of compound words: somatotonia. combining form 1. body: somatoplasm somato- or somat- pref. Body: somatopathic. Soma: somatoplasm.
somatochrome so·mat·o·chrome (sō-māt’ə-krōm’, sō’mə-tə-) n. A nerve cell in which there is an abundance of cytoplasm completely surrounding the nucleus.
adjective 1. characterized by symptoms suggesting a physical disorder but for which there are no demonstrable organic findings or known physiological mechanisms.