From Big Medical Encyclopedia

SOM (Greek. soma body) — the term designating a body of an organism unlike germ plasm. It is entered by A. Veyszhan, in opinion to-rogo S.'s change throughout life of an organism do not affect a condition of germ plasm and, therefore, not inherited (see. Veysmana theory ).

Sense of an adjective «somatic», used in different biol. disciplines, it is various. E.g., in physiology to them designate the corporal phenomena unlike mental; in cytology and genetics oppose «somatic» fabrics generative, from to-rykh cells of a germinal way are formed.