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physical of the body. [4 definitions]
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 dependence a body's adaptation to a chronically-used drug such that withdrawal of the drug results in adverse physical symptoms.
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.
physicalism the doctrine or belief that the essential elements of meaningful statements are only those relating to physical properties or observations of objects or events.
physically in, with, or by means of the body.
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.
physical tolerance a bodily state in which, with repeated exposure to a drug over time, a higher dose of the drug is required to achieve the same effect.
physician a licensed medical doctor, esp. one who is not a surgeon. [2 definitions]
physician's assistant one who is certified to do certain medical procedures under the supervision of a medical doctor.
physicist a scientist whose specialty is physics.
physics (used with a sing. verb) the science that deals with matter and energy, their properties, and their interactions. [2 definitions]
physio- nature. [2 definitions]
physiognomy the facial or surface features of a person or other living creature. [2 definitions]
physiography the science that deals with the natural features, structure, and phenomena of the earth's surface, such as climate and the distribution of plants and animals; physical geography.
physiological of or relating to the vital processes or functions of a living organism or its parts.
physiology the science that deals with the processes and functions of living organisms and their cells, tissues, and parts. [2 definitions]