noun, plural phy·ses [fahy-seez] /ˈfaɪ siz/.

the principle of growth or change in nature.
nature as the source of growth or change.
something that grows, becomes, or develops.

Origin of physis

< Greek phýsis origin, natural form of a thing; akin to phŷlon race (see phylon) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for physis

Historical Examples of physis

  • 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?