Relating to the non-reproductive tissue of the body; everything other than sperm, ova, and cells destined to become sperm or ova. It stands to reason that only somatic tissue is susceptible to the ageing process.

So*mat"ic (?), a. [Gr. , fr. the body.]

1.

Of or pertaining to the body as a whole; corporeal; as, somatic death; somatic changes.

2.

Of or pertaining to the wall of the body; somatopleuric; parietal; as, the somatic stalk of the yolk sac of an embryo.

Somatic death. See the Note under Death, n., 1.

 

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