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  1. a combining form representing physical or physiological in compound words: physiotherapy.
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Origin of physio-

< Greek physio- combining form of phýsis origin, form, natural order. See physis, -o-
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  • No matter what the physio manuals say, there's room for improvement.


    Jim Wannamaker

British Dictionary definitions for physio


  1. informal short for physiotherapy, physiotherapistSee physiotherapy
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before a vowel phys-

combining form
  1. of or relating to nature or natural functionsphysiology
  2. physicalphysiotherapy
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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


  1. Nature; natural:physiognomy.
  2. Physical:physiotherapy.
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