non·​phy·​si·​cian ˌnän-fə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce nonphysician (audio)
plural nonphysicians
: a person who is not a physician
often used before another noun
a nonphysician practitioner
nonphysician health providers

Examples of nonphysician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the Fifth Circuit’s 2-1 ruling on April 13 approved the judge’s invalidation of the later FDA actions, including prescription by nonphysicians and use up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 Apr. 2023 However, a nonphysician must have a master’s degree of public health or public administration or have at least seven years of professional experience in public health, with at least five of those in a senior level administrative position, according to the law. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Aug. 2020 Rod Betit, who was the health department’s executive director during the 1990s and early 2000s, was the first nonphysician to lead the agency, according to a Deseret News article. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Aug. 2020 The original version of the legislation would have given Saunders the ability to choose a nonphysician as deputy director of the department. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Aug. 2020 Hachuel thinks the photos can form the basis of an app that nonphysicians can use to obtain such information on their own. NBC News, 28 Oct. 2019 To a nonphysician like me, getting certified to prescribe or dispense buprenorphine seems to be a simple and straightforward process: complete eight hours of training and apply for a waiver. Patrick Skerrett, STAT, 5 July 2018 Same goes for nonphysicians — a lot of them learn to inject in a weekend-long session that’s not even necessarily taught by a doctor. Horacio Salinas, Allure, 21 Mar. 2018 Other posts were made by foreign physicians, who aren’t eligible for U.S. board certifications, physicians in other specialties, such as otolaryngologists and gynecologists, and a few nonphysicians, including dentists and spas. Bonnie Miller Rubin, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonphysician was in 1843

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“Nonphysician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


non·​phy·​si·​cian -fə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce nonphysician (audio)
: a person who is not a legally qualified physician

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