verb (used with object), phys·icked, phys·ick·ing.
Origin of physic
Related Words for physicmedication, help, corrective, alleviation, antidote, redress, nostrum, recovery, assistance, panacea, treatment, medicine, reparation, remedy, healing, elixir, medicament, drug, aid, fix
Examples from the Web for physic
Historical Examples of physic
You ought not thus to sneer at physic, and make me lose my precious time.The Imaginary Invalid
He said for no harm; to physic cats; what did it matter to me?Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Every bane has its corresponding antidote; if so, there may be physic even for a philter.The Comic Latin Grammar
“You need to be easy with physic, too,” declared the girl, with sparkling eyes.The Twins of Suffering Creek
I like the notion myself; it is at least a truce with physic.Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
verb -ics, -icking or -icked
Word Origin for physic
c.1300, fysike, "art of healing, medical science," also "natural science" (c.1300), from Old French fisike "natural science, art of healing" (12c.) and directly from Latin physica (fem. singular of physicus) "study of nature," from Greek physike (episteme) "(knowledge) of nature," from fem. of physikos "pertaining to nature," from physis "nature," from phyein "to bring forth, produce, make to grow" (cf. phyton "growth, plant," phyle "tribe, race," phyma "a growth, tumor") from PIE root *bheue- "to be exist, grow" (see be). Spelling with ph- attested from late 14c. (see ph). As a noun, "medicine that acts as a laxative," 1610s. The verb meaning "to dose with medicine" is attested from late 14c.