phy·​si·​cian | \ fə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce physician (audio) \

Definition of physician

1 : a person skilled in the art of healing specifically : one educated, clinically experienced, and licensed to practice medicine as usually distinguished from surgery
2 : one exerting a remedial or salutary influence

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Examples of physician in a Sentence

you should always consult a physician if you develop a high fever
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First Known Use of physician

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for physician

Middle English phisicien, fisicien, from Anglo-French, from phisique medicine

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9 Aug 2022

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“Physician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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phy·​si·​cian | \ fə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce physician (audio) \

Kids Definition of physician

: a specialist in healing human disease : a doctor of medicine


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

Medical Definition of physician

: a skilled health-care professional trained and licensed to practice medicine specifically : a doctor of medicine or osteopathy

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