[fahy-sis] /ˈfaɪ sɪs/
noun, plural physes
[fahy-seez] /ˈfaɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
the principle of growth or change in nature.
nature as the source of growth or change.
something that grows, becomes, or develops.
1. a combining form meaning “bladder,” used in the formation of compound words: physogastric. physo- pref. Swelling or distention caused by air or gas: physometra.
physocele phy·so·cele (fī’sə-sēl’) n.
[fahy-suh-klis-tuh s] /ˌfaɪ səˈklɪs təs/ adjective, Ichthyology. 1. having the air bladder closed off from the mouth. /ˌfaɪsəʊˈklɪstəs/ adjective 1. (of fishes) having an air bladder that is not connected to the alimentary canal Compare physostomous
[fahy-suh-gas-trik] /ˌfaɪ səˈgæs trɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to the swollen, membranous abdomen of certain insects, especially termite and ant queens.