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attending

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adjective at·tend·ing \ə-ˈtend-iŋ\

Medical Definition of attending

  1. :  serving as a physician or surgeon on the staff of a hospital or similar health-care facility and having primary responsibility over the treatment of a patient and often supervising treatment given by interns, residents, and fellows <The attending staff is also expected to teach and mentor the residents during their training.—Geogy Thomas, The Los Angeles Times, 23 May 1999> <If such a patient lacks a reasonably available surrogate, an attending physician may issue a do-not-resuscitate order with judicial approval or with the written concurrence of another physician …—Lawrence O. Gostin, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 6 Apr. 1994>




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attending

noun at·tend·ing

Medical Definition of attending

  1. :  an attending physician or surgeon <Being the attending on a teaching service nowadays requires visiting once or twice daily, being present for procedures, and documenting everything.—Abraham Verghese, The New England Journal of Medicine, 25 Dec. 2008> <In the hospital, he had been cared for by a full team of cardiologists, ranging from fellows in specialty training to attendings who had practiced for decades.—Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2002>





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