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1. A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
2. Archaic The art or profession of medicine.
tr.v. phys·icked, phys·ick·ing, phys·ics
1. To act on as a cathartic.
2. To cure or heal.
3. To treat with or as if with medicine.
[Middle English phisik, from Old French fisique, medical science, natural science, from Latin, natural science, from Greek phusikē, feminine of phusikos, of nature, from phusis, nature; see bheuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. (Medicine) rare a medicine or drug, esp a cathartic or purge
2. (Medicine) archaic the art or skill of healing
3. (General Physics) an archaic term for physics1
vb, -ics, -icking or -icked
(Medicine) (tr) archaic to treat (a patient) with medicine
[C13: from Old French fisique, via Latin, from Greek phusikē, from phusis nature]
1. a medicine that purges; cathartic; laxative.
2. any medicine.
3. Archaic. the medical art or profession.
[1250–1300; Middle English fisyk(e), phisik(e) (< Old French fisique) < Latin physica natural science (Medieval Latin: medical science) < Greek physikḗ science of nature]
Past participle: physicked
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