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

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

geophysics
1. The physics of the earth and its environment, including the physics of fields; such as, meteorology, oceanography, and seismology.
2. The study of the earth by quantitative physical methods; especially, by seismic reflection and refraction, gravity, magnetic, electrical, electromagnetic, and radioactivity methods.
3. The scientific study of the physical characteristics and properties of the solid earth, its air and waters, and its relationship to space phenomena.
4. The science that deals with the weather, winds, tides, earthquakes, etc.; and their effects on the earth.
5. The soils, sediments, and rock layers of the earth's crust, both continental and beneath the ocean floors.

The meaning of the word geophysics is undergoing changes. The classical methods of geophysics are being applied to the planets now that we can reach them.

Seismological techniques are being used to study the interior of the moon, and magnetic field measurements are important probes for the planets.

The name will not change; however, because it is a most encompassing science, ranging from petroleum exploration on the earth to the understanding of the most distant planets.

—Based on words from
"Geophysics" by William A. Nierenberg;
Director Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography;
Dictioinary of Science and Technology; Academic Press;
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers; New York; 1992; page 925.
histophysiology
1. A branch of physiology concerned with the structure and function of tissues.
2. The microscopic study of tissues in relation to their functions.
hyperphysical (high" pur FIZ i k'l)
1. Not governed by the natural laws of physics.
2. Being above or beyond the physical; immaterial; supernatural.
3. Independent of the physical or not confined to the physical.
hypophysis (s), hypophyses (pl)
1. An undergrowth.
2. The pituitary body or gland.
iatrophysical
1. An Italian school of medicine active in the 17th century; the school opposed iatrochemistry and, inspired by the earlier experiments of Harvey and Sanctorius, comined medicine, physics, and mechanics. René Descartes was an early exponent of iatrophysics, and his posthumous de homine (1662) was the first modern textbook on physiology.
2. Denoting a school of medical thought in the 17th century that explained all physiologic and pathologic phenomena by the laws of physics.
iatrophysicist
A member of the iatrophysical school.
iatrophysics
1. Physics as applied to medicine or of medical and surgical treatment.
2. The treatment of diseases by physical or mechanical means; physiatrics.
3. Physics combined with medicine; a reference to a school of medicine of the 17th century that explained disease and the activities of the body in terms of physics rather than of chemistry.
kedophysic
Inclined to worry.
kedophysis
An inclination, tendency, or proneness to worry (or to be overly concerned).
metaphysical
1. Relating to the philosophical study of the nature of being and beings or a philosophical system resulting from such study.
2. Based on speculative reasoning and unexamined assumptions that have not been logically examined or confirmed by observation.
3. Extremely abstract or theoretical; abstruse; immaterial; incorporeal; supernatural.
metaphysically
In a metaphysical manner.
metaphysician
A scholar who specializes in the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of the nature of being, existence, time and space, and causality.
metaphysics (pl) (noun) (used with a singular verb)
1. The branch of philosophy which examines the nature of reality, including the relationship between mind and matter, substance and attribute, fact and value.
2. The theoretical or first principles of a particular discipline: the metaphysics of law.
3. A priori speculation upon questions that are unanswerable to scientific observation, analysis, or experiment .
microphysics
The branch of physics that studies objects and systems such as molecules, atoms, and elementary particles that are observable only microscopically or indirectly; uses a singular verb: "Microphysics is his specialty."
Monophysite (s), Monophysites (pl)
1. Someone who believes that Jesus Christ has a single inseparable nature that is both human and divine.
2. An adherent of the doctrine that in the person of Jesus there was but a single, divine nature. Coptic and Syrian Christians profess this doctrine.