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1    of or relating to the soma  
somatic cells     
2    of or relating to an animal body or body wall as distinct from the viscera, limbs, and head  
3    of or relating to the human body as distinct from the mind  
a somatic disease     
     (C18: from Greek somatikos concerning the body, from soma the body)  
  somatically      adv  

somatic cell  
      n   any of the cells of a plant or animal except the reproductive cells  
   Compare       germ cell  
somatic nervous system  
      n     (Physiol)   the section of the nervous system responsible for sensation and control of the skeletal muscles  
   Compare       autonomic nervous system  
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