Middle English fysike, from Old French fisike (“natural science, art of healing”), from Latin physica (“study of nature”), from Ancient Greek φυσικός (phusikós, “natural”)
physic (comparative more physic, superlative most physic)
- Relating to or concerning existent materials; physical.
physic (countable and uncountable, plural physics)
- (archaic, countable) A medicine or drug, especially a cathartic or purgative.
- (archaic, uncountable) The art or profession of healing disease; medicine.
- (archaic, uncountable) Natural philosophy; physics.
- (obsolete) A physician.
physic (third-person singular simple present physics, present participle physicking, simple past and past participle physicked)
- (transitive) To cure or heal.
1637, Tho[mas] Heywood, “Ivpiter and Io”, in Pleasant Dialogves and Dramma’s, Selected ovt of Lucian, Erasmus, Textor, Ovid, &c. […], London: Printed by R. O[ulton] for R. H[earne], and are to be sold by Thomas Slater […], OCLC 5060642, page 170:
Wouldſt thou not haue ſome Bulchin from the herd / To phyſicke thee of this venereall itch?
- (transitive) To administer medicine to, especially a purgative.