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Somatic is an adjective employed to describe something related to the body, as opposed to psychological, related to the mind. Somatic symptoms, for example, are clinical symptoms manifesting in the body, whereas psychological symptoms are related to the mind and how it functions. In cases of psychosomatic symptoms, the mind has an impact on the body, provoking physical expression of psychological symptoms. Somatization is a term used in psychiatry to describe the conversion of psychological trauma into somatic symptoms.