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 phusik&emacron;, 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)