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Definition of "physic" [phys•ic]

  • A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic. (noun)
  • Archaic The art or profession of medicine. (noun)
  • To act on as a cathartic. (verb-transitive)
  • To cure or heal. (verb-transitive)
  • To treat with or as if with medicine. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "physic" in a sentence
  • "Skill in physic is a useful accomplishment in a minister and may be improved to more extensive usefulness and greater esteem among"
  • "_Douwa min, ând Sultana Ingleeza_, ( "physic from the English Sultana",) is a sort of royal talisman which helps the medicine down as a bit of sugar taken with a child's draught."
  • "It was not done by any might of their own, any skill they had in physic or surgery, nor any virtue in their word: the power they did it by was wholly derived from Christ."