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physic

noun phys·ic \ ˈfi-zik \

Definition of physic

1 a :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

Examples of physic in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of physic

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

verb

Definition of physic

physicked; physicking
transitive verb
1 :to treat with or administer medicine to; especially :purge
2 :heal, cure

First Known Use of physic

14th century


Medical Dictionary

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physic

noun phys·ic \ ˈfiz-ik \

medical Definition of physic

1 a :the art or practice of healing disease
b :the practice or profession of medicine
2 :a medicinal agent or preparation; especially :purgative

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physic

transitive verb

medical Definition of physic

physicked; physicking
:to treat with or administer medicine to; especially :purge

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