Definition of qi in English:


(also chi, ki)

Pronunciation /CHē/ /tʃi/


  • The circulating life force whose existence and properties are the basis of much Chinese philosophy and medicine.

    ‘Qi, Blood and Body Fluids are the most basic substances that constitute the human body and maintain its functional activities.’
    • ‘As you inhale imagine the air — and your Qi — flowing evenly along the pathways.’


From Chinese (Mandarin) qì, literally ‘air, breath’.