[sahy-koh-suh-mat-ik, -soh-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ səˈmæt ɪk, -soʊ-/
of or relating to a physical disorder that is caused by or notably influenced by emotional factors.
pertaining to or involving both the mind and the body.
of or relating to disorders, such as stomach ulcers, thought to be caused or aggravated by psychological factors such as stress
psychosomatic psy·cho·so·mat·ic (sī’kō-sō-māt’ĭk)
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, especially with respect to disease.
A descriptive term for the relationship between the mind and body.
Note: “Psychosomatic” disorders have definite physical symptoms but are thought to be caused by emotional or psychological factors. Anorexia nervosa is an example of a psychosomatic illness.
- Psychosomatic disorder
psychosomatic disorder n. A disorder characterized by physical symptoms resulting from psychological factors, usually involving a ystem of the body such as the gastrointestinal or genitourinary system. Also called psychophysiologic disorder.
- Psychosomatic medicine
psychosomatic medicine n. The branch of medicine that studies and treats diseases and disorders by investigating and exploiting the psychological processes that influence the body.
psychosomimetic psy·cho·so·mi·met·ic (sī-kō’sō-mĭ-mět’ĭk, -mī-) adj. Psychotomimetic.
psychostimulant psy·cho·stim·u·lant (sī’kō-stĭm’yə-lənt) n. A drug having antidepressant or mood-elevating properties.
[sahy-koh-sur-juh-ree] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈsɜr dʒə ri/ noun 1. treatment of mental disorders by means of brain surgery. psychosurgery /ˌsaɪkəʊˈsɜːdʒərɪ/ noun 1. any surgical procedure on the brain, such as a frontal lobotomy, to relieve serious mental disorders psychosurgery psy·cho·sur·ger·y (sī’kō-sûr’jə-rē) n. Brain surgery used to treat severe, intractable mental or behavioral disorders. psy’cho·sur’geon (-sûr’jən) n.