locum tenens

noun lo·cum te·nens \ ˈlō-kəm-ˈtē-ˌnenz , -ˈte- , -nənz \

Definition of locum tenens

plural locum tenentes play \ˈlō-kəm-ti-ˈnen-ˌtēz\
: one filling an office for a time or temporarily taking the place of another used especially of a doctor or clergyman

Examples of locum tenens in a Sentence

  1. I'm just a locum tenens, so any major decisions should be deferred until your regular doctor returns from vacation.

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Origin and Etymology of locum tenens

Medieval Latin, literally, (one) holding a place


Medical Dictionary

locum tenens

noun lo·cum te·nens \ ˌlō-kəm-ˈtē-ˌnenz, -nənz \

medical Definition of locum tenens

plural locum tenentes play \-ti-ˈnen-ˌtēz\
: a medical practitioner who temporarily takes the place of another


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