a combining form meaning “body,” used in the formation of compound words:
somato- or somat-
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.
somatoliberin so·mat·o·lib·er·in (sō-māt’ə-lĭb’ər-ĭn, sō’mə-tə-) n. A decapeptide that is released by the hypothalamus and induces the release of somatotropin. Also called growth hormone-releasing factor, somatotropin-releasing factor.
noun 1. the branch of anthropology that deals with human physical characteristics. noun 1. the branch of biology concerned with the structure and function of the body 2. the branch of anthropology dealing with the physical characteristics of man