[ fiz-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈfɪz ɪ kəl /



Origin of physical

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin physicālis concerning medicine. See physic, -al1


1 somatic; fleshly. Physical, bodily, corporeal, corporal agree in pertaining to the body. Physical indicates connected with, pertaining to, the animal or human body as a material organism: physical strength, exercise. Bodily means belonging to, concerned with, the human body as distinct from the mind or spirit: bodily pain or suffering. Corporeal, a more poetic and philosophical word than bodily, refers especially to the mortal substance of which the human body is composed as opposed to spirit: this corporeal habitation. Corporal is now usually reserved for reference to whippings and other punishments inflicted on the human body.
2 tangible, palpable.

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British Dictionary definitions for physical


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See also physicals

Derived Forms

physically, adverbphysicalness, noun
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Medicine definitions for physical


[ fĭzĭ-kəl ]


Of or relating to the body as distinguished from the mind or spirit.
Involving or characterized by vigorous bodily activity.
Of or relating to material things.
Of or relating to matter and energy or the sciences dealing with them, especially physics.


A physical examination.

Related forms

phys′i•cali•ty (-kălĭ-tē) adj.
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Idioms and Phrases with physical


see get physical.

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