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physis

[fahy-sis] /ˈfaɪ sɪs/
noun, plural physes
[fahy-seez] /ˈfaɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
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.
Origin of physis
< Greek phýsis origin, natural form of a thing; akin to phŷlon race (see phylon)
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  • Founded by the philosophers upon nature (physis) it was physical.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • Greatest, said Galen, is the physis, and Hippocrates is its prophet.

  • The most important characteristic of the physis or Nature is its its artistic creativeness.

  • Another—It is all physiological units: but his reason asks—What is the “physis,” the nature and innate tendency of the units?

    Westminster Sermons Charles Kingsley
  • Another: It is all physiological units; but his reason asks: What is the “physis,” the nature and “innate tendency” of the units?

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