Definition of physic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfizik/


1Medicine, especially a cathartic.
Example sentences
  • The case of the lady was in the other extreme from that of her husband, for as he was past all the assistance of physic, so in reality she required none.
  • Like the Skimmington riders, he employs his costume and spectacle as a kind of physic, though his intentions are to minister to himself rather than the community.
  • Hark ye, lords; ye see I have given her physic.
1.1The art of healing.
Example sentences
  • The Tuatha fought to win the land from the Fomorians and they were helped by their god of medicine and physic, Diancecht.
  • Laurent Joubert directed his wrath against those who dared to trespass into the realms of medicine, despite an ignorance of physic.
  • In theory, but seldom in practice, their supposedly superior knowledge gave them a monopoly over the practice of physic and the authority to supervise the work of surgeons.

verb (physics, physicking /ˈfizikiNG/, physicked /ˈfizikt/)

[with object]
Treat with a medicine.
Example sentences
  • The school nurse dosed and physicked them savagely for months.
  • Before he can physic the evil of Claudius he is himself dying; only then does he force Claudius to feel the potency of his own poisons.
  • And he told us, with great humour, that when he was wanted to bleed the prince, or physic any of his people, he was generally found lying on his back, in bed, reading the newspapers, or making fancy sketches in pencil, and couldn't come.


Middle English: from Old French fisique 'medicine', from Latin physica, from Greek phusikē (epistēmē) '(knowledge) of nature'.

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Syllabification: phys·ic

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