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physis

[fahy-sis]
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noun, plural phy·ses [fahy-seez] /ˈfaɪ siz/.
  1. the principle of growth or change in nature.
  2. nature as the source of growth or change.
  3. something that grows, becomes, or develops.
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Origin of physis

< Greek phýsis origin, natural form of a thing; akin to phŷlon race (see phylon)
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