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a combining form representing physical, or physiological, in compound words:
Origin of physio-
< Greek physio- combining form of phýsis origin, form, natural order. See physis, -o- Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for physio-


combining form
of or relating to nature or natural functions: physiology
physical: physiotherapy
Word Origin
from Greek phusio, from phusis nature, from phuein to make grow
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Word Origin and History for physio-

word-forming element meaning "nature, natural, physical," from Greek physio-, comb. form of physios "nature" (see physic).

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physio- in Medicine

physio- or physi- or phys-

  1. Nature; natural: physiognomy.

  2. Physical: physiotherapy.

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