physical


physical
Relating to the body, as distinguished from the mind. [Mod. L. physicalis, fr. G. physikos]

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phys·i·cal 'fiz-i-kəl adj
1) having material existence: perceptible esp. through the senses and subject to the laws of nature
2 a) of or relating to physics
b) characterized or produced by the forces and operations of physics
3) of or relating to the body
phys·i·cal·ly -k(ə-)lē adv

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adj.
(in medicine) relating to the body rather than to the mind. For example, a physical sign is one that a doctor can detect when examining a patient, such as abnormal dilation of the pupils or the absence of a knee-jerk reflex (see also functional disorder, organic disorder).

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phys·i·cal (fizґĭ-kəl) [Gr. physikos] pertaining to the body, to material things, or to physics.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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