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[tiz-uh n, ti-zan]
  1. a nourishing decoction, originally one made from barley, purported to have medicinal quality.
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Origin of ptisan

1350–1400; < Latin ptisana < Greek ptisánē peeled barley, barley water; replacing Middle English tisane < French < Latin, as above
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Historical Examples of ptisan

  • On his next visit the doctor asked, "What effect has the ptisan produced?"

    Clergymen and Doctors


  • Ptisan, tiz′an, n. a medicinal drink made from barley with other ingredients.

  • A large cup of ptisan was presented by the page, which the sick man swallowed with eager and trembling haste.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

    Sir Walter Scott

  • When the little Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour he was horrified.

    A Book about Doctors

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • When the diminutive Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour, he was horrified.

British Dictionary definitions for ptisan


  1. grape juice drained off without pressure
  2. a variant spelling of tisane
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Word Origin for ptisan

C14: from Old French tisane, from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisanē barley groats
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ptisan in Medicine


(tĭzən, tĭ-zăn)
  1. A medicinal infusion, such as sweetened barley water.
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