Middle English fysike, from Old French fisike (“natural science, art of healing”), from Latin physica (“study of nature”), from Ancient Greek φυσικός (phusikós, “natural”)
physic (comparative more physic, superlative most physic)
- Relating to or concerning existent materials; physical.
physic (countable and uncountable, plural physics)
- (archaic, countable) A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic or purgative.
- (archaic, uncountable) The art or profession of healing disease; medicine.
- (obsolete) A physician.
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physic (third-person singular simple present physics, present participle physicking, simple past and past participle physicked)
- (transitive) To cure or heal; to treat or administer medicine, especially to purge.