physic


physic
physic [fiz′ik]
n.
[ME fisike < OFr fisique < L physica, natural science (in ML, medicine) < Gr physikē < physis, nature < phyein, to produce, become: see BE]
1. rare var. of PHYSICS
2. Archaic the art or science of healing; medical science
3. a medicine or remedy, esp. a laxative or cathartic
vt.
physicked, physicking
1. to dose with medicine, esp. with a cathartic
2. to have a curative effect on; heal
SYN.- PHYSIC is the general word for anything taken to relieve constipation or to effect a bowel movement; LAXATIVE and APERIENT usually refer to milder physics of a kind that are ordinarily taken to promote discharge from the bowels, such as mineral oil, agar, certain fruit juices, etc.: PURGATIVE and CATHARTIC apply to stronger physics, such as castor oil, Epsom salts, calomel, etc., that are more drastic in their action

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  • Physic — Phys ic, n. [OE. phisike, fisike, OF. phisique, F. physique knowledge of nature, physics, L. physica, physice, fr. Gr. ?, fr. fysiko s natural, from fy sis nature, fr. ? to produce, grow, akin to E. be. See {Be}, and cf. {Physics}, {Physique}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physic — (spr. fisik), ein in England gebräuchliches Abführmittel für Pferde, besteht aus Aloe, Ingwer und Palmöl oder grüner Seife. In Deutschland als Aloepille viel billiger …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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  • physic — c.1300, art of healing, medical science, also natural science (c.1300), from O.Fr. fisike natural science, art of healing (12c.), from L. physica (fem. sing.) study of nature, from Gk. physike episteme knowledge of nature, from fem. of physikos… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • physic — n. & v. esp. archaic. n. 1 a medicine (a dose of physic). 2 the art of healing. 3 the medical profession. v.tr. (physicked, physicking) dose with physic. Phrases and idioms: physic garden a garden for cultivating medicinal herbs etc. Etymology:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • physic —    a laxative    Literally, any medical treatment:     The physic will clean him out real good. (L. Armstrong, 1955)    See also night physic …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms