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Having a short stocky physique.

[From Greek puknos, compact.]

pyk′nic n.


(Anthropology & Ethnology) (of a physical type) characterized by a broad squat fleshy physique with a large chest and abdomen
[C20: from Greek puknos thick]


(ˈpɪk nɪk)

1. (of a physical type) having a fat, rounded build or body structure.
2. a person of the pyknic type.
[1920–25; < Greek pykn(ós) thick + -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pyknic - having a squat and fleshy build; "a pyknic practical joke"
fat - having an (over)abundance of flesh; "he hadn't remembered how fat she was"
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Physical examination revealed the pyknic body type, height 176 cm, weight 85 kg; respiratory sounds over the lung fields were normal, pulse rate 68, heart sounds were pure with normal acceleration, blood pressure 135/85 mm Hg; soft, painless abdomen with visible postoperative scar on the right side of the lower abdomen.
Once exclusively an online store, Pyknic will be unveiling the flagship shop in Downingtown, PA on the historic Lancaster Avenue.
She is a woman of medium height, adequately nourished, tending toward pyknic [thick] habitus, whose body build is characterized in the case record as boyish.
Thus, he concluded that there is an "affinity" between the pyknic type and the cyclothymic-cycloid-manic-depressive, and between the asthenic and the athletic types and schizothymic-schizoid-schizophrenia (Kretschmer 1925:206-218).
16) Here, too, it is possible, to claim that a certain human being is either a pyknic or not, but nevertheless not all pyknics are pyknics in the same way, just as fictional texts are not all fictional in the same way.
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