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attending

adjective at·tend·ing \ ə-ˈten-diŋ \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of attending

: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

Examples of attending in a Sentence

  1. a surprise arrest of the operator of an illegal gambling joint and all attending employees

  2. dislikes flying and all of its attending inconveniences

First Known Use of attending

1904


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attending

noun

Definition of attending

: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

Recent Examples of attending from the Web

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First Known Use of attending

1906


ATTENDING Defined for English Language Learners

attending

adjective

Definition of attending for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

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attending

adjective at·tend·ing \ ə-ˈtend-iŋ \

medical Definition of attending

: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 ThomasThe Los Angeles Times23 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. GostinThe Journal of the American Medical Association6 Apr. 1994

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attending

noun

medical Definition of attending

: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 VergheseThe New England Journal of Medicine25 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 GawandeThe New Yorker28 Jan. 2002


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