noun Pinyin.
  1. (in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy) the vital life force that flows through the body and is supposedly regulated by acupuncture.
Also Wade-Giles, chi.

Origin of qi

From the Chinese word breath


noun Pinyin.
  1. Ch'i.
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  1. a variant of chi 2
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Word Origin and History for qi

"physical life force," 1850, from Chinese qi "air, breath."

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