- a combining form representing physical or physiological in compound words: physiotherapy.
Origin of physio-
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before a vowel phys-
- of or relating to nature or natural functionsphysiology
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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- Nature; natural:physiognomy.
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