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Pronunciation: so'ma


  1. The axial part of the body, head, neck, trunk, and tail, excluding the limbs.
  2. All of an organism with the exception of the germ cells.
  3. The body of a nerve cell, from which axons and dendrites project.

[G. soma, body]

See Also: body

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