Physic


Physic
This is a semi descriptive metonymic nickname for a person who practised cures and medicine, but may not have been a registered Barber and Surgeon. The job origin is English medieval, although the word was probably introduced by the Normans after 1066. It has been suggested that the name is locational from the village of Fishwick in Lancashire and it is possible but unproven that some name holders may derive from this source. The name development has included Richard Physik (1263, Malmesbury, Wiltshire), Nicholas Phisicke (1617, Oxford, University Register) 1620, John Fisick, Baptised in London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John le Fisicien. which was dated 1269, in the "Staffordshire Assize Court". during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Physic — Phys ic, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Physiced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Physicking}.] 1. To treat with physic or medicine; to administer medicine to, esp. a cathartic; to operate on as a cathartic; to purge. [1913 Webster] 2. To work on as a remedy; to heal;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Physic — Phys ic, n. [OE. phisike, fisike, OF. phisique, F. physique knowledge of nature, physics, L. physica, physice, fr. Gr. ?, fr. fysiko s natural, from fy sis nature, fr. ? to produce, grow, akin to E. be. See {Be}, and cf. {Physics}, {Physique}.] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • physic — [fiz′ik] n. [ME fisike < OFr fisique < L physica, natural science (in ML, medicine) < Gr physikē < physis, nature < phyein, to produce, become: see BE] 1. rare var. of PHYSICS 2. Archaic the art or science of healing; medical… …   English World dictionary

  • Physic — (spr. fisik), ein in England gebräuchliches Abführmittel für Pferde, besteht aus Aloe, Ingwer und Palmöl oder grüner Seife. In Deutschland als Aloepille viel billiger …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • physic — index drug (noun), drug (verb) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • physic — c.1300, art of healing, medical science, also natural science (c.1300), from O.Fr. fisike natural science, art of healing (12c.), from L. physica (fem. sing.) study of nature, from Gk. physike episteme knowledge of nature, from fem. of physikos… …   Etymology dictionary

  • physic — n *remedy, cure, medicine, medicament, medication, specific …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • physic — archaic ► NOUN ▪ medicinal drugs or medical treatment. ORIGIN Latin physica, from Greek phusik epist m knowledge of nature …   English terms dictionary

  • Physic — Septimus Heap ist der Name einer Fantasyreihe von Angie Sage. Bis jetzt sind seit 2005 die vier Bände Magyk, Flyte, Physic und Queste erschienen. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Überblick 2 Die Bücher 2.1 Magyk 2.2 Flyte 2.3 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • physic — n. & v. esp. archaic. n. 1 a medicine (a dose of physic). 2 the art of healing. 3 the medical profession. v.tr. (physicked, physicking) dose with physic. Phrases and idioms: physic garden a garden for cultivating medicinal herbs etc. Etymology:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • physic —    a laxative    Literally, any medical treatment:     The physic will clean him out real good. (L. Armstrong, 1955)    See also night physic …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms