- 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: Middle English fisike from Old French fisique from Classical Latin physica, natural science (in ML, medicine) from Glassical Greek physikē from physis, nature from phyein, to produce, become: see be
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- A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic.
- Archaic The art or profession of medicine.
- To act on as a cathartic.
- To cure or heal.
- To treat with or as if with medicine.
Origin: Middle 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 bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
physic - Medical Definition