- 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 physicking
The physicking and shoeing is taken by contract, by one man.Here and There in London
J. Ewing Ritchie
This physicking was continued for two long, long days, and then I began slowly to recover.Visit to Iceland
Now, physicking off generally weakens us, instead of giving strength.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders
William A. Alcott
Victualling and physicking are very good things, but must be done in season.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 1 (of 2)
Sometimes they pine and fall into a slow consumption, we nursing, cockering, and physicking them to the last.Nancy
- 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 physicking
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.