non·​phy·​si·​cian | \ ˌnän-fə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce nonphysician (audio) \
plural nonphysicians

Definition of nonphysician

: a person who is not a physician often used before another noun a nonphysician practitionernonphysician health providers

Examples of nonphysician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Bill would ease rules so person with little public health experience could lead Utah health department," 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, "Utah Legislature OKs bill relaxing qualifications for state health director," 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, "Why 100,000 poop photos may bring the next big thing in fitness tracking," 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, "Hey, doctors: Why aren’t you stepping up to treat people with opioid addiction?," 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, "Botox & Lip Injection Horror Stories That Prove You Should Always See a Board-Certified Dermatologist," 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, "Who Gets to Perform Plastic Surgery? The Battle Moves to Social Media," 12 Sep. 2017

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1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonphysician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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non·​phy·​si·​cian | \ -fə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce nonphysician (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonphysician

: a person who is not a legally qualified physician

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