Physic is a drug or medicine, particularly a laxative.
An example of a physic is an over-the-counter medication for constipation.
- Archaic the art or science of healing; medical science
- a medicine or remedy, esp. a laxative or cathartic
Origin of physicMiddle English fisike ; from Old French fisique ; from Classical Latin physica, natural science (in ML, medicine) ; from Classical Greek physik? ; from physis, nature ; from phyein, to produce, become: see be
- to dose with medicine, esp. with a cathartic
- to have a curative effect on; heal
- A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
- Archaic The art or profession of medicine.
transitive verbphys·icked, phys·ick·ing, phys·ics
- To act on as a cathartic.
- To cure or heal.
- To treat with or as if with medicine.
Origin of physicMiddle English phisik, from Old French fisique, medical science, natural science, from Latin, natural science, from Greek phusikē, feminine of phusikos, of nature, from phusis, nature; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more physic, superlative most physic)
(countable and uncountable, plural physics)