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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But physics, which should serve as the bedrock of science, is in some respects the most troubled field of all. John Horgan, WSJ, "‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’ and ‘On the Future’ Review: Serious Doubt on Serious Earth," 18 Oct. 2018 But a new particle means new physics, which is a pretty big deal. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Strange Particles Coming Out of the Earth Hint at New Physics," 28 Sep. 2018 Studies in nuclear physics, molecular chemistry, as well as a growing obsession with science fiction all played into the futuristic shapes and materials seen in everything from furniture to suburban homes and skyscrapers. Hillary Brown, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Mid-Century Modern Design," 13 Sep. 2018 Gelfand’s father, Norman, is a former University of Chicago physics professor who also worked as a scientist for nearly 30 years for Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., specializing in high-energy particle physics. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Left Side of Steve Kerr’s Brain," 7 June 2018 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

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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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