phys·​iat·​rist | \ ˌfi-zē-ˈa-trist How to pronounce physiatrist (audio) , fi-ˈzī-ə-trist \

Definition of physiatrist

: a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation

Examples of physiatrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jennifer Solomon, a physiatrist at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery, says there are indeed theories that cryotherapy can release endorphins (similar to exercise). Natalie B. Compton, WIRED, "Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym," 10 July 2019 Numb thumb This phrase describes a tingly, itchy, or burning numbness in your palm near your thumb that happens because of carpal tunnel syndrome, Ellen Casey, M.D., a physiatrist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, tells SELF. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "The Right Way to Use Your Phone So You Don’t Wreck Your Body," 27 Sep. 2018 He was born on a military base in Illinois and his father was an Army physiatrist, according to the Military Times. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Who is David Shulkin? 3 things to know about Trump's former secretary of Veterans Affairs," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of physiatrist

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for physiatrist

physiatrics physical medicine, from Greek physis + International Scientific Vocabulary -iatrics

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“Physiatrist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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phys·​iat·​rist | \ ˌfiz-ē-ˈa-trəst, fə-ˈzī-ə-trəst How to pronounce physiatrist (audio) \

Medical Definition of physiatrist

: a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation

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