abbreviation or noun

variants or Ph.D.
plural PhDs or Ph.D.s
: the academic degree, title, or rank of doctor of philosophy
He was awarded a PhD in economics.
Jane Smith, Ph.D.
also : a person who has earned the academic degree of doctor of philosophy
The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Watson School of Biological Sciences graduated its first PhDs (14 of them) in June 2004 … Horace Freeland Judson

Examples of PhD in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Obesity phenotypes are a relatively new concept, supported by the research of Andres Acosta, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and cofounder of Phenomix Sciences. Rachel Murphy, Verywell Health, 22 May 2024 Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, is president of Chamberlain University. Blake Simpson, Fortune, 21 May 2024 One, led by PhD student Blakeley Payne, focuses on fat people’s experiences online. Casey Fiesler, The Conversation, 20 May 2024 Still, a number of experts have spoken out against the trend, including Dr. Michael Breus (PhD, FAASM), Founder of The Sleep Doctor. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 20 May 2024 The team used an in depth statistical analysis by study co-author and PhD candidate Evan Sidrow from UBC’s statistics department to get a more accurate analysis of the orca’s breathing rates. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 15 May 2024 In addition to the low pressure, low humidity in the cabin can also play a role in the way things taste, Lisa R. Young, PhD, RDN, adjunct professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University, told Health. Korin Miller, Health, 14 May 2024 McAlmont, who went back to school in his forties for a PhD in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania, steers the conversation to author Patrick Lencioni’s five dysfunctions of a team. Bynick Rockel, Fortune, 10 May 2024 Though actual pacing is relative, there are certain hallmarks of a slow run, said Todd Buckingham, PhD, a runner, triathlete, and visiting professor of exercise science at Grand Valley State University. Amber Sayer, Health, 10 May 2024

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Word History


New Latin philosophiae doctor

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of PhD was in 1839

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“PhD.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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