Definition of physical noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfɪzɪkl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪzɪkl//
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(also physical examination) a medical examination of a person’s body, for example, to check that they are fit enough to do a particular job He was accepted onto the course after passing the physical. Pilots undergo routine physicals. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘relating to medicine’): from medieval Latin physicalis, from Latin physica ‘things relating to nature’, from Greek phusikē (epistēmē) ‘(knowledge) of nature’. Sense 2 dates from the late 16th cent. and sense 1 from the late 18th cent.
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