attending

adjective
at·tend·ing | \ ə-ˈten-diŋ \

Definition of attending 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 an attending physician attending staff

attending

noun

Definition of attending (Entry 2 of 2)

: an attending physician or surgeon 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for attending

Synonyms: Adjective

in, present

Antonyms: Adjective

absent, away, missing, out

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Examples of attending in a Sentence

Adjective

a surprise arrest of the operator of an illegal gambling joint and all attending employees dislikes flying and all of its attending inconveniences

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For example, over 95 percent of attendings observed in cardiothoracic surgery were men. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 But also on the secondary part, Kim Jong-un recognizes the symbolism of his attending of the summit is as complicated as some of the concessions that he might be expected to make. Fox News, "North Korea expresses willingness to resolve issues with US," 25 May 2018 And after the surgery, the attending can walk the resident through a recording of the procedure, a sort of play-by-play for the operating room. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery," 15 Mar. 2018 Robotic systems might have two control consoles, but attendings rarely grant residents simultaneous control. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Med Students Are Getting Terrible Training in Robotic Surgery," 15 Mar. 2018 The family was later told only that an unexpected event had occurred, not that the attending had been out of the room. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "Is your surgeon double-booked?," 10 July 2017 Pro-government accounts, meanwhile, showed supporters dressed in red attending rallies that featured an inflatable balloon of the deceased former President Hugo Chavez. Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg.com, "Protesters Confront National Guard in Strife-Ridden Caracas," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of attending

Adjective

1904, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of attending was in 1904

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attending

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of attending

: serving as a doctor on the staff of a hospital who regularly visits and treats patients and is in charge of other staff members

attending

adjective
at·tend·ing | \ ə-ˈtend-iŋ \

Medical Definition of attending 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

attending

noun

Medical Definition of attending (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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