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

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

physiophilosophy (s) (noun), physiophilosophies (pl)
A well-informed aspect of the principles of natural history.
physioplastic
Art as it is seen; actuality.
physiopsychic
Pertaining to both mind and body.
physiopyrexia
Artificial fever produced by physical means for its therapeutic effect.
physiosophic (adjective), more physiosophic, most physiosophic
physiosophy (s) (noun), physiosophies (pl)
An assumption of a knowledge of nature.
physiotherapeutics
A reference to physical therapy.
physiotherapist
1. A person who uses physical methods to treat certain ailments.
2. Someone who is competent and qualified to administer physiotherapy.
physiotherapy
1. The treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods, such as massage, exercise, and the application of heat, light, fresh air, and other external influences.
2. The treatment of pain, disease, or injury by physical means other than with medical, surgical, or radiologic measures.
3. The treatment of injuries and physical disabilities by a trained person under the supervision of a specialist in physical medicine.
physiotherpeutist
physique (s) (noun), physiques (pl)
1. The body considered with its proportions, muscular development, and appearance: Sharon and her colleagues have beautiful physiques as ballet dancers.
2. A physical or bodily structure: The physiques of athletes are obviously much better than those who don't exercise.
3. Etymology: from Greek physikos, "of nature"; from Latin physicus, "physical".
The form and appearance of the body.
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physitheism (s) (noun), physitheisms (pl)
The attribution of a physical form (animal, vegetable, or mineral) to a deity or deities.

Examples of physitheism in action include an ancient Greek or Roman god that assumed the form of an animal or when God spoke to Moses from the burning bush.


Moses is an example of physitheism in which the deity reveals Himself in a burning bush.

First, Moses while taking care of a flock of sheep near Mt. Horeb, "the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed." (Exodus 3:2)

Later, "And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly." (Exodus 19:18)

It was at Mt. Sinai that God presented the Ten Commandments to Moses.

Based on these quotations from the Old Testament Bible, the image above is only a representation of the two separate occurrences; however, it still illustrates physitheism.

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physitribia
Exhaustion of physical energy.
physocarpous
Having an inflated or bladder-like fruit.
physocele
A tumor or hernia distended with gas or circumscribed swelling due to gas.