psychosomatic 1863, "pertaining to the relation between mind and body," from Gk. psykhe- "mind" (see PSYCHE (Cf. psyche)) + somatikos, from soma (gen. somatos) "body." Applied from 1938 to physical disorders with psychological causes. It can as easily apply to emotional disorders with physical causes, but it is rarely used as such.

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