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Definition of Somatization

Somatization: The normal, unconscious process by which psychological distress is expressed as physical symptoms. For example, a person with clinical depression may complain of stomach pains that prove to have no physical cause. Counseling can be helpful to overcome somatization.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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