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physis

[fahy-sis]
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noun, plural phy·ses [fahy-seez] /ˈfaɪ siz/.
  1. the principle of growth or change in nature.
  2. nature as the source of growth or change.
  3. something that grows, becomes, or develops.
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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

Historical Examples

  • 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?