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[fi-zeek] /fɪˈzik/
physical or bodily structure, appearance, or development:
the physique of an athlete.
Origin of physique
1820-30; < French < Latin physicus. See physic
Can be confused
physic, physique. Unabridged
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  • These latter suggest the physique of Grimaldi rather than of Cro-Magnon artists.

  • But there is a school for weak mentality and physique—the Seven Seas.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • Imagine the variety of character and physique in a city like London.

    Not Guilty Robert Blatchford
  • I began to take more exercise in the open air to strengthen my physique.

    A Retrospect James Hudson Taylor
  • He was a homesteader who taught the McClure school that winter, a slim, round-shouldered chap, rather frail in physique.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
British Dictionary definitions for physique


the general appearance of the body with regard to size, shape, muscular development, etc
Word Origin
C19: via French, from physique (adj) natural, from Latin physicus physical
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Word Origin and History for physique

1826, from French physique, noun use of physique (adj.) "physical," from Latin physicus "natural, physics," from Greek physikos, from physis "nature" (see physic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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physique in Medicine

physique phy·sique (fĭ-zēk')
The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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