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[fi-zeek] /fɪˈzik/
physical or bodily structure, appearance, or development:
the physique of an athlete.
1820-30; < French < Latin physicus. See physic
Can be confused
physic, physique. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for physique


the general appearance of the body with regard to size, shape, muscular development, etc
Word Origin
C19: via French, from physique (adj) natural, from Latin physicus physical
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Word Origin and History for physique

1826, from French physique, noun use of physique (adj.) "physical," from Latin physicus "natural, physics," from Greek physikos, from physis "nature" (see physic).

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physique in Medicine

physique phy·sique (fĭ-zēk')
The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance.

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Encyclopedia Article for physique

body shape

human body shape and physique type. The term somatotype is used in the system of classification of human physical types developed by U.S. psychologist W.H. Sheldon. In Sheldon's system, human beings can be classified as to body build in terms of three extreme body types: endomorphic, or round, fat type; mesomorphic, or muscular type; and ectomorphic, or slim, linear type. A somatotype number of three digits is determined for an individual classified by the system, with the first digit referring to endomorphy, the second to mesomorphy, and the third to ectomorphy; each digit is on a scale of one to seven. Hence the extreme endomorph has the somatotype 711, the extreme mesomorph 171, and the extreme ectomorph 117. The classification numbers are negatively correlated, so that a high number in one class precludes high numbers in the others; in practice, extreme types (711, 171, 117) are rare or nonexistent, and the person of normal build has a somatotype approaching 444, evenly balanced between extremes. See also ectomorph; endomorph; mesomorph.

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