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psychosomatic

Pronunciation: si'ko-so-mat'ik

Definition: Refers to the influence of the mind or psychological functioning of the brain on the physiologic functions of the body relative to bodily disorders or disease and the reciprocal impact of disease on psychological functioning. It can be used pejoratively, especially if it is thought that the possibility of secondary gain exists.

See: psychophysiologic, psychogenic

[psycho- + G. soma, body]

See Also: placebo, nocebo

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