- a medicine that purges; cathartic; laxative.
- any medicine; a drug or medicament.
- Archaic. the medical art or profession.
- Obsolete. natural science.
- to treat with or act upon as a physic or medicine.
- to work upon as a medicine does; relieve or cure.
Origin of physic
Examples from the Web for physicked
I knew lords, and physicked them too, when I was a blundering allopathist.My Novel, Complete
If in high condition, the animal must first be bled and physicked.Domestic Animals
Richard L. Allen
I knew lords, and physicked them, too, when I was a blundering allopathist.
How much he had physicked himself is shewn by a letter of May 8. '
The prescriptions of Dr. Bulleyn, in the reign of Elizabeth, are wonderful examples of how our fathers were physicked.
- rare a medicine or drug, esp a cathartic or purge
- archaic the art or skill of healing
- an archaic term for physics (def. 1)
- (tr) archaic to treat (a patient) with medicine
Word Origin and History for physicked
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.
- A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.