physical or bodily structure, appearance, or development: the physique of an athlete.

Origin of physique

1820–30; < French < Latin physicus. See physic
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the general appearance of the body with regard to size, shape, muscular development, etc

Word Origin for physique

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).

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physique in Medicine




The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance.
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