When the little Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour he was horrified.
ptisan, tiz′an, n. a medicinal drink made from barley with other ingredients.
On his next visit the doctor asked, "What effect has the ptisan produced?"
A large cup of ptisan was presented by the page, which the sick man swallowed with eager and trembling haste.
When the diminutive Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour, he was horrified.
ptisan ptis·an (tĭz'ən, tĭ-zān')
A medicinal infusion, such as sweetened barley water.