I. noun Etymology: Middle English physik natural science, art of medicine, from Anglo-French phisique, fisik, from Latin physica, singular, natural science, from Greek physikē, from feminine of physikos — more at physics Date: 14th century 1. a. the art or practice of healing disease b. the practice or profession of medicine 2. a medicinal agent or preparation; especially purgative 3. archaic natural science II. transitive verb (physicked; physicking) Date: 14th century 1. to treat with or administer medicine to; especially purge 2. heal, cure

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  • Physic — Phys ic, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Physiced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Physicking}.] 1. To treat with physic or medicine; to administer medicine to, esp. a cathartic; to operate on as a cathartic; to purge. [1913 Webster] 2. To work on as a remedy; to heal;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physic — Phys ic, n. [OE. phisike, fisike, OF. phisique, F. physique knowledge of nature, physics, L. physica, physice, fr. Gr. ?, fr. fysiko s natural, from fy sis nature, fr. ? to produce, grow, akin to E. be. See {Be}, and cf. {Physics}, {Physique}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • physic — [fiz′ik] n. [ME fisike < OFr fisique < L physica, natural science (in ML, medicine) < Gr physikē < physis, nature < phyein, to produce, become: see BE] 1. rare var. of PHYSICS 2. Archaic the art or science of healing; medical… …   English World dictionary

  • Physic — (spr. fisik), ein in England gebräuchliches Abführmittel für Pferde, besteht aus Aloe, Ingwer und Palmöl oder grüner Seife. In Deutschland als Aloepille viel billiger …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • physic — index drug (noun), drug (verb) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • physic — c.1300, art of healing, medical science, also natural science (c.1300), from O.Fr. fisike natural science, art of healing (12c.), from L. physica (fem. sing.) study of nature, from Gk. physike episteme knowledge of nature, from fem. of physikos… …   Etymology dictionary

  • physic — n *remedy, cure, medicine, medicament, medication, specific …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • physic — archaic ► NOUN ▪ medicinal drugs or medical treatment. ORIGIN Latin physica, from Greek phusik epist m knowledge of nature …   English terms dictionary

  • Physic — Septimus Heap ist der Name einer Fantasyreihe von Angie Sage. Bis jetzt sind seit 2005 die vier Bände Magyk, Flyte, Physic und Queste erschienen. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Überblick 2 Die Bücher 2.1 Magyk 2.2 Flyte 2.3 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • physic — n. & v. esp. archaic. n. 1 a medicine (a dose of physic). 2 the art of healing. 3 the medical profession. (physicked, physicking) dose with physic. Phrases and idioms: physic garden a garden for cultivating medicinal herbs etc. Etymology:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • physic —    a laxative    Literally, any medical treatment:     The physic will clean him out real good. (L. Armstrong, 1955)    See also night physic …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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