locum tenens

lo·​cum te·​nens | \ ˈlō-kəm-ˈtē-ˌnenz How to pronounce locum tenens (audio) , -ˈte-, -nənz \
plural locum tenentes\ ˈlō-​kəm-​ti-​ˈnen-​ˌtēz How to pronounce locum tenens (audio) \

Definition of locum tenens

: one filling an office for a time or temporarily taking the place of another used especially of a doctor or clergyman

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Examples of locum tenens in a Sentence

I'm just a locum tenens, so any major decisions should be deferred until your regular doctor returns from vacation.
Recent Examples on the Web When service units are forced to hire temporary locum tenens physicians in lieu of decreasing services, the quality of care can change dramatically. WSJ, "Tribes Lose Again, This Time on Health Care," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of locum tenens

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for locum tenens

Medieval Latin, literally, (one) holding a place

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The first known use of locum tenens was in 1640

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“Locum tenens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/locum%20tenens. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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locum tenens

lo·​cum te·​nens | \ ˌlō-kəm-ˈtē-ˌnenz, -nənz How to pronounce locum tenens (audio) \
plural locum tenentes\ -​ti-​ˈnen-​ˌtēz How to pronounce locum tenens (audio) \

Medical Definition of locum tenens

: a medical practitioner who temporarily takes the place of another

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