physio- repr. phusio-, comb. form of Gr. phúsis nature. physiognomy judging character from bodily lineaments; face, countenance. XIV. ME. fisnamye, fis-, phisonomie, later phisnomy (XV–XVII), phisognomie (XVI–XVII), physiognomy (XVI) — OF. phisonomie, -anomie (mod. physionomie) — medL. phiso-, physionomia — late Gr. phusiognōmíā for Gr. phusiognōmoníā, f. phúsis nature + gnṓmōn, gnōmon- interpreter, f. *gnō- (see KNOW). physiography description of natural phenomena; physical geography. XIX. — F. physiographie; so physiographical XVIII. physiology †natural science, natural philosophy XVI; science of the phenomena of living things XVII. — F. physiologie or L. physiologia — Gr. phusiologíā; hence physiological XVII. physiologist †natural philosopher XVII; student of animal or vegetable physiology XVIII.
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