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physic

[ fiz-ik ]
/ ˈfɪz ɪk /
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noun
a medicine that purges; cathartic; laxative.
any medicine; a drug or medicament.
Archaic. the medical art or profession.
Obsolete. natural science.
verb (used with object), phys·icked, phys·ick·ing.
to treat with or act upon as a physic or medicine.
to work upon as a medicine does; relieve or cure.
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Origin of physic

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English fisyk(e), phisik(e) (<Old French fisique) <Latin physica natural science (Medieval Latin: medical science) <Greek physikḗ science of nature, noun use of feminine adj.: pertaining to nature (akin to phŷlon tribe, phylon); (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH physic

physic , physique
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British Dictionary definitions for physic

physic
/ (ˈfɪzɪk) /

noun
rare a medicine or drug, esp a cathartic or purge
archaic the art or skill of healing
an archaic term for physics (def. 1)
verb -ics, -icking or -icked
(tr) archaic to treat (a patient) with medicine

Derived forms of physic

physicky, adjective

Word Origin for physic

C13: from Old French fisique, via Latin, from Greek phusikē, from phusis nature
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