- 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)
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Examples from the Web for 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
Another: It is all physiological units; but his reason asks: What is the “physis,” the nature and “innate tendency” of the units?Scientific Essays and Lectures