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phys·ic

 (fĭz′ĭk)
n.
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 Indo-European roots.]

physic

(ˈfɪzɪk)
n
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]
ˈphysicky adj

phys•ic

(ˈfɪz ɪk)

n.
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]

physic


Past participle: physicked
Gerund: physicking

Imperative
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
I have physicked
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Past Continuous
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Past Perfect
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Future
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would physic
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.physic - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
aloes, bitter aloes - a purgative made from the leaves of aloe
castor oil - a purgative extracted from the seed of the castor-oil plant; used in paint and varnish as well as medically
Epsom salts - (used with a singular noun) hydrated magnesium sulfate used as a laxative
laxative - a mild cathartic
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
milk of magnesia - purgative consisting of a milky white liquid suspension of magnesium hydroxide; used as a laxative and (in smaller doses) as an antacid
Rochelle powder, Seidlitz powder, Seidlitz powders - an effervescing salt containing sodium bicarbonate and Rochelle salt and tartaric acid; used as a cathartic

physic

noun
An agent used to restore health:
verb
To administer or add a drug to:
Informal: dope (up).
Translations

physic

(archaic) [ˈfɪzɪk] Nmedicina f

physic

n (obs)Arznei f; (cathartic) → Purgativ nt

phys·ic

n. medicamento, esp. un catártico o purgante.
References in classic literature ?
Wilson came two other guests -- one, the Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, whom the reader may remember as having taken a brief and reluctant part in the scene of Hester Prynne's disgrace; and, in close companionship with him, old Roger Chillingworth, a person of great skill in physic, who for two or three years past had been settled in the town.
Ay, ay, Jim, 'tis `the Birtwick balls'," said John, "she'll be as good as Black Beauty by and by; kindness is all the physic she wants, poor thing
My charge would be much more concise than her's, and probably not much in the same spirit; all that I have to recommend being comprised in, do not spoil them, and do not physic them.
Bring the kettle at a quarter to ten -- and if you don't get better in the course of the day, come to me, and I'll give you a dose of physic.
I'd ha'been glad to pison the beer myself," said the Jack, "or put some rattling physic in it.
When Doctor Kimble gave physic, it was natural that it should have an effect; but when a weaver, who came from nobody knew where, worked wonders with a bottle of brown waters, the occult character of the process was evident.
She pouted, sobbed, and yielded to some gentle force which he used, as a child allows herself to be half persuaded, half compelled, to take physic.
Bates, I went down to my father: where, by the assistance of him and my uncle John, and some other relations, I got forty pounds, and a promise of thirty pounds a year to maintain me at Leyden: there I studied physic two years and seven months, knowing it would be useful in long voyages.
Look at the clock, do; why, it's going on for half-past nine, and I've sent the gells to bed this half-hour, and late enough too; when they've got to get up at half after four, and the mowers' bottles to fill, and the baking; and here's this blessed child wi' the fever for what I know, and as wakeful as if it was dinner-time, and nobody to help me to give her the physic but your uncle, and fine work there's been, and half of it spilt on her night-gown--it's well if she's swallowed more nor 'ull make her worse i'stead o' better.
Give physic to the heart, ye who would revive the body of a spirit- broken man
All my family by my father’s side had a knack at physic.
Whilst burning-hot napkins, physic, revulsives, and Guenaud, who was recalled, were performing their functions with increased activity, Colbert, holding his great head in both his hands, to compress within it the fever of the projects engendered by the brain, was meditating the tenor of the donation he would make Mazarin write, at the first hour of respite his disease should afford him.