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[tiz-uh n, ti-zan] /ˈtɪz ən, tɪˈzæn/
a nourishing decoction, originally one made from barley, purported to have medicinal quality.
Origin of ptisan
1350-1400; < Latin ptisana < Greek ptisánē peeled barley, barley water; replacing Middle English tisane < French < Latin, as above Unabridged
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  • When the little Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour he was horrified.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • 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.

    The Fair Maid of Perth Sir Walter Scott
  • When the diminutive Abb de Voisenon was ordered by his physician to drink a quart of ptisan per hour, he was horrified.

British Dictionary definitions for ptisan


grape juice drained off without pressure
a variant spelling of tisane
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tisane, from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisanē barley groats
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ptisan in Medicine

ptisan ptis·an (tĭz'ən, tĭ-zān')
A medicinal infusion, such as sweetened barley water.

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