locum tenens


locum te·nens

noun \-ˈtē-ˌnenz, -ˈte-, -nənz\
plural locum te·nen·tes \-ti-ˈnen-ˌtēz\

Definition of LOCUM TENENS

:  one filling an office for a time or temporarily taking the place of another —used especially of a doctor or clergyman

Examples of LOCUM TENENS

  1. <I'm just a locum tenens, so any major decisions should be deferred until your regular doctor returns from vacation.>

Origin of LOCUM TENENS

Medieval Latin, literally, (one) holding a place
First Known Use: 1641

Rhymes with LOCUM TENENS

lo·cum te·nens

noun \ˌlō-kəm-ˈtē-ˌnenz, -nənz\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural locum te·nen·tes \-ti-ˈnen-ˌtēz\

Medical Definition of LOCUM TENENS

: a medical practitioner who temporarily takes the place of another

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