physic

noun
phys·ic | \ ˈfi-zik \

Definition of physic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the art or practice of healing disease

b : the practice or profession of medicine

2 : a medicinal agent or preparation especially : purgative

3 archaic : natural science

physic

verb
physicked; physicking

Definition of physic (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to treat with or administer medicine to especially : purge

2 : heal, cure

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Examples of physic in a Sentence

Noun

the museum has an exhibit on some of the strange physics that were once used to cure disease

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Unfortunately, there have been only two more female physics Nobel laureates than female Popes. Brian Keating, WIRED, "There's Nothing Noble about Science’s Nobel Prize Gender Gap," 27 May 2018 Researchers manipulating matter at the smallest scales, therefore, are trying to coax nature into behaving in ways that strain at the limits imposed by fundamental physics. Neil Savage, Scientific American, "What Are the Limits of Manipulating Nature?," 8 May 2018 Over the last century, scientists have continued to analyze the physics behind fluid droplets, since understanding the fluid dynamics of droplets has uses in things like printing and in improving combustion engines. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’," 25 June 2018 Every tissue in the body — including the placenta and fetus during pregnancy — contributes cell-free RNA to the bloodstream, said Stephen Quake, the paper’s senior author and a professor of bioengineering and applied physics at Stanford. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "Blood test might help predict both preterm and healthy delivery dates," 7 June 2018 Raniere graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., with a triple major in biology, mathematics and physics. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 For robot arms, Finn says, initial simulations provide basic physics, allowing the arm to at least learn how to learn. Joshua Sokol, The Atlantic, "AI Keeps Mastering Games, But Can It Win in the Real World?," 27 Feb. 2018 The former physics major — who uses single-length irons, relies on vector putting and implements a single-plane swing — has made plenty of noise with his unorthodox methods. Dargan Southard, USA TODAY, "Bryson DeChambeau says compass was never meant to 'skirt the rules'," 11 July 2018 There wasn't really much of a community to pick up the issue at the time, as quantum mechanics was gaining traction, and a World War disrupted the scientific community and refocused it on applied physics. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gravitational waves and the slow pace of scientific revolutions," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of physic

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for physic

Noun

Middle English physik natural science, art of medicine, from Anglo-French phisique, fisik, from Latin physica, singular, natural science, from Greek physikē, from feminine of physikos — more at physics

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physic

noun
phys·ic | \ ˈfiz-ik \

Medical Definition of physic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the art or practice of healing disease

b : the practice or profession of medicine

2 : a medicinal agent or preparation especially : purgative

physicked; physicking

Medical Definition of physic (Entry 2 of 2)

: to treat with or administer medicine to especially : purge

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