physique

[fi-zeek]
noun
physical or bodily structure, appearance, or development: the physique of an athlete.

Origin:
1820–30; < French < Latin physicus. See physic

physic, physique.
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physique (fɪˈziːk)
 
n
the general appearance of the body with regard to size, shape, muscular development, etc
 
[C19: via French, from physique (adj) natural, from Latin physicus physical]

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physique
1826, from Fr. physique, noun use of physique (adj.) "physical," from L. physicus "natural, physics," from Gk. physikos, from physis "nature" (see physic).
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physique phy·sique (fĭ-zēk')
n.
The body considered with reference to its proportions, muscular development, and appearance.

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physique

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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It entails the administration of radio energetic substances within the human physique to visualize the functions from the organs.
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