in·​ter·​nist | \ ˈin-ˌtər-nist How to pronounce internist (audio) \

Definition of internist

: a specialist in internal medicine

Examples of internist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An internist might be the first health care provider with whom a patient discusses their gender identity and can begin conversations about their goals of care. STAT, "New guidelines aim to enlist primary care physicians in transgender care," 1 July 2019 The internist in Manhattan put me on injections of an amino acid derived from the livers of Argentine cows. Mike Mariani, The New Yorker, "A Town for People with Chronic Fatigue," 3 Sep. 2019 After nearly 40 years as an internist, Dr. Ron Naito knew what the sky-high results of his blood test meant. NBC News, "Never say 'die': Why so many doctors won't break bad news," 12 June 2019 Portland, OregonAfter nearly 40 years as an internist, Dr. Ron Naito knew what the sky-high results of his blood test meant. Jonel Aleccia, CNN, "For many doctors breaking bad news, 'death' is a four-letter word," 11 June 2019 The Friday night service begins at 5:45 p.m. Wright and his wife, Rachel, an internist and pediatrician, grew up in Michigan near Detroit. al, "Alabama rabbi teaches New Testament role in Jewish history," 26 July 2019 By contrast, searches for primary care practitioner, a category that encompasses family doctors, internists and pediatricians fell from one-third to less than one-fourth. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Trouble Seeing a Specialist? Here’s What’s Driving the ‘Doctor Draught’," 15 July 2019 My internist gave me a slip of paper OKing my driving. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Red light in San Jose changed after ‘rebel’ Roadshow reader complains," 16 July 2019 So taking three tablets, or 600 mg, is fine on occasion, says Seth Feltheimer, M.D., an internist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia in New York City. Jessica Girdwain, Redbook, "What's Your Health Confession?," 15 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of internist

1894, in the meaning defined above

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13 Oct 2019

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“Internist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of internist

US, medical : a doctor who specializes in diseases that do not require surgery : a doctor who specializes in internal medicine


in·​ter·​nist | \ ˈin-ˌtər-nəst How to pronounce internist (audio) \

Medical Definition of internist

: a specialist in internal medicine especially as distinguished from a surgeon

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