Physic is a drug or medicine, particularly a laxative.
An example of a physic is an over-the-counter medication for constipation.
- rare var. of physics
- 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
transitive verb-·icked, -·ick·ing
- 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 bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more physic, superlative most physic)
(countable and uncountable, plural physics)