bedside manner


: the manner that a physician assumes toward patients
a doctor with a soothing bedside manner
broadly : a person's manner in dealing with others
The good news for Coelho is that his problem is largely a matter of style, not substance. With a smoother bedside manner, friends and opponents agree, he could probably get the job done. Dana Milbank

Example Sentences

A number of patients have complained about the doctor's impersonal bedside manner. a nurse with a warm bedside manner
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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bedside manner was in 1848

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“Bedside manner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

bedside manner


: the manner that a physician assumes toward patients
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