- (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 qì breath
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- a variant of chi 2
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Word Origin and History for qis'
"physical life force," 1850, from Chinese qi "air, breath."
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