physic-, physico-, physi-, physio-, phy-

(Greek: nature, natural, inborn [to make grow, to produce])

1. The science of medicine and therapeutics.
2. A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
3. A purging medicine that stimulates evacuation of the bowels.
4. To cure or heal.
5. To treat with or as if with medicine.
1. Relating to the body, rather than to the mind, the soul, or the feelings.
2. Existing in the real material world, rather than as an idea or notion, and able to be touched and seen; physical evidence.
3. Involving or needing a lot of bodily strength or energy; hard physical work. 4. Involving a lot of bodily contact or aggression: "Some of the players were a little too physical."
5. Tending to touch people or involving touching; especially, in an affectionate or sexual way.
6. A description of sciences; such as, physics and chemistry both of which deal with nonliving things such as energy and matter.
7. Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.
8. Informal, or slang, usage: a physical examination, get "physical" with exercise, etc.

Pointing to a page about Let's Get Physical song Another slang usage of "physical" as expressed in a popular 1981 song.

physical therapist, physiotherapist
The treatment of physical dysfunction or injury by the use of therapeutic exercise and the application of modalities, intended to restore or facilitate normal function or development.
1. Relating to someone's body or appearance; as, "physically unattractive".
2. In terms of what is real or what exists in the material world, as opposed to what is theoretical or exists only in the mind; as, "physically possible".
1. Someone who is qualified and licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor.
2. A doctor who practices general medicine with diagnoses and treatments of diseases and injuries using methods other than surgery.
3. A person who heals or exerts a healing influence.
A scientist who specializes in physics.
Pertaining to the application of the theory and methodology of physics to the study of chemical systems.
Induced by physical causes.
The science of nature, or of natural objects; that branch of science which treats of the laws and properties of matter, and the forces acting upon it; especially, that department of natural science which treats of the causes (as gravitation, heat, light, magnetism, electricity, etc) that modify the general properties of bodies; natural philosophy.
Another term for physiotherapy.
1. The scientific study of matter, energy, force, and motion, and the way they relate to each other (takes a singular verb).
2. When used as a plural form with a plural verb: physical properties, interactions, processes, or laws; such as, "The physics of astronomy have become more important."

Physics traditionally incorporates: acoustics, mechanics, optics, electromagnetism, electromagnetism, thermodynamics; and now also includes modern disciplines; such as, quantum mechanics, relativity, cryogenics, solid-state physics, particle physics, plasma physics, and nuclear physics.

physiocracy (s) (noun), physiocracies (pl)
A system of rule in accordance to a presumed natural order: A physiocracy is a government that does not interfere with the operation of supposed natural laws or principles.
1. An advocate (especially French, 18th-century) of physiocracy.
2. One of a school of political economists founded by Fran├žois Quesnay in France in the 18th century. They maintained that society should be governed according to an inherent natural order, that the soil is the sole source of wealth and the only proper object of taxation, and that security of property and freedom of industry and exchange are essential.
1. A reference to a government that operates according to natural laws or principles.
2. Of or pertaining to physiocracy or the physiocrats.