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laxative; cathartic; any medicine; relieve or cure: The physic made me feel better.
Not to be confused with:
physique – bodily structure, development, or appearance of an individual: an athletic physique
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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 Indo-European roots.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
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Past participle: physicked
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|Noun||1.||physic - a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels|
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
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physic(archaic) [ˈfɪzɪk] N → medicina f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
n (obs) → Arznei f; (cathartic) → Purgativ nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
n. medicamento, esp. un catártico o purgante.
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