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


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physic (comparative more physic, superlative most physic)

  1. Relating to or concerning existent materials; physical.


physic (countable and uncountable, plural physics)

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