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physical anthropology the branch of anthropology concerned with the evolutionary development of humans, physical differences between races, and classifications. (Cf. cultural anthropology.)
physical chemistry a branch of chemistry in which physical principles and techniques are applied to the analysis of chemical properties and transformations.
physical comedy comedic performance that uses the body to express exaggerated emotional states.
physical education instruction in sports, exercise, and the care and hygiene of the human body, esp. as a course or program in a school or college.
physical geography the branch of geography concerned with the earth's land masses, oceans, and climate, and the distribution of plant and animal species.
physical science any science, such as chemistry, physics, astronomy, or geology, that deals with inanimate matter or energy.
physical therapy the treatment of disease and injury by physical and mechanical means, such as exercise, heat, ultraviolet or infrared light, hydrotherapy, or massage, rather than by drugs; physiotherapy.