physic

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English fysike, from Old French fisike (natural science, art of healing), from Latin physica (study of nature), from Ancient Greek φυσικός (phusikós, natural)

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

physic (comparative more physic, superlative most physic)

  1. Relating to or concerning existent materials; physical.

Noun[edit]

physic (countable and uncountable, plural physics)

  1. (countable) A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic or purgative.
  2. (uncountable) The art or profession of healing disease; medicine.
  3. (obsolete) A physician.
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Verb[edit]

physic (third-person singular simple present physics, present participle physicking, simple past and past participle physicked)

  1. (transitive) To cure or heal; to treat or administer medicine, especially to purge.