eth·i·cist | \ˈe-thə-sist \

Definition of ethicist 

: a specialist in ethics

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Yet benefits that come later, even years after a drug approval vote—jobs, money, professional prestige, and influence—are also fraught, ethicists say. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Medical ethicists, in part, judge the permissibility of a health care strike on the probable outcome, said Professor Cohen. Tim Mcdonnell, New York Times, "Surgery Lit by Cellphone: Togo Doctors Strike Over Deplorable Hospitals," 7 Apr. 2018 Yet some ethicists say such arguments are unconvincing, if not self-serving. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 But some ethicists said Russia’s approach should be commended — and even copied — to help the living. Washington Post, "Russia: Asking permission before taking organs is ‘inhumane’," 21 Mar. 2018 The legislation creates an advisory committee at the Department of Commerce composed of scientists, engineers, ethicists, and civil liberties experts, as well as representatives from labor groups, technology companies, and federal officials. John K. Delaney, WIRED, "France, China, and the EU All Have an AI Strategy. Shouldn’t the US?," 20 May 2018 Hughes is the latest high-profile tech luminary to join the center’s leadership team, which has deep roots in Silicon Valley, starting with Harris, a former Apple software engineer who was a Google design ethicist and product philosopher. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Check your phone 86 times a day? Tech insiders say that’s by design," 4 May 2018 In a recent commentary piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, medical ethicists raised concerns about cutting the FDA from the process. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Drug access law Trump just signed will cripple FDA—senator is making sure of it," 1 June 2018 Her fate would make an excellent conundrum for an ethicist. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "Side trip on Muni: just one stop in puppy’s life," 14 May 2018

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circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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eth·i·cist | \ˈeth-ə-səst \

Medical Definition of ethicist 

: one who specializes in or is very concerned about ethics now ethicists must confront the unsettling question of whether to set limits on scientific inquiry— Ricardo Sookdeo

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