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chi 1also khi (kī, kē)
The 22nd letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.
[Late Greek khī, from earlier khei.]
chi 2also ch'i or qi (chē)
The vital force believed in Taoism and other Chinese thought to be inherent in all things. The unimpeded circulation of chi and a balance of its negative and positive forms in the body are held to be essential to good health in traditional Chinese medicine.
[Mandarin qì, air, spirit, energy of life, from Middle Chinese khi`.]
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|Noun||1.||ch'i - the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health|
Cathay, China, Communist China, mainland China, People's Republic of China, PRC, Red China - a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
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