[tiz-uh n, ti-zan]


a nourishing decoction, originally one made from barley, purported to have medicinal quality.

Origin of ptisan

1350–1400; < Latin ptisana < Greek ptisánē peeled barley, barley water; replacing Middle English tisane < French < Latin, as above Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ptisan



grape juice drained off without pressure
a variant spelling of tisane

Word Origin for ptisan

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


[tĭzən, tĭ-zăn]


A medicinal infusion, such as sweetened barley water.
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