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physical

1. of or concerned with matter and energy
2. of or relating to physics

physical

(jargon)
The opposite of logical in its jargon sense. Compare real, virtual, and transparent.

It is said that what you can touch and see is real; what you can see but not touch is virtual; what you can touch but not see is transparent; and what you can neither touch nor see is probably imaginary.

physical

Devices at the electronic, or machine, level. Contrast with logical. See logical vs. physical.
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In such patients, it is difficult to distinguish bacterial infections based on physical findings alone, as demonstrated in our patients without advance testing.
Thus, we developed a priori definitions of referable and nonreferable physical findings that the lay interviewers could identify in the field.
Physical findings revealed central obesity, thinning of the skin, buffalo hump and high blood pressure.
What information in the report turns out to be significant to patients is much better known by the physicians directly caring for them, who know something about their history and physical findings, than by a radiologist who often barely gets an indication for the exam.
Occipital neuropathy resulting from prolonged nerve compression against a head-ring is the most likely diagnosis given the history and physical findings.
Of note, although warmth at the anatomic site was a significant predictor of true cellulitis, the other physical findings classically attributed to cellulitis--erythema, tenderness, and edema--were not.
What truly separates this book from its more generalized peers are the presentation style and tools used to put physical findings to a printed page.
For pathologists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, and oncologists, Unni and Inwards (anatomic pathology and laboratory medicine and pathology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic) present a guide to different bone tumors and their diagnosis, including incidence, symptoms, physical findings, radiographic and pathologic features, treatment, and prognosis.
Earlier evaluation may be justified based on medical history and physical findings and is warranted after 6 months for women over age 35 years.
On the basis of her symptoms, physical findings, and sub-normal body temperature (which presumably indicated a low basal metabolic rate), a provisional diagnosis of hypothyroidism was made.
According to a 2006 study, compared with patients without mental disorders, discharged patients with mental illness were 10 times more likely to have abnormal physical findings in the clinic or in lab studies; 6 times more likely to die from pneumonia, influenza, or chronic respiratory disease; and 3 times more likely to die of heart disease or diabetes.
In addition to hair loss and a wide-eyed stare or proptotic appearance, physical findings may include localized myxedema (particularly pretibial), irritative keratoconjunctivitis, lid lag, diplopia, tachycardia, hyperactive reflexes, and smooth, warm, and velvety skin.