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PHYS'IC, noun s as z. [Gr. from nature; to produce.]

1. The art of healing diseases. This is now generally called medicine.

2. Medicines; remedies for diseases. We desire physic only for the sake of health.

3. In popular language, a medicine that purges; a purge; a cathartic. [In technical and elegant language this sense is not used.]

PHYS'IC, verb transitive To treat with physic; to evacuate the bowels with a cathartic; to purge.

1. To cure.