phy·si·cian | \fə-ˈzi-shən \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for physician


doc, doctor, medic, medico


nondoctor, nonphysician

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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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John talks about his early symptoms and his diagnosis by his physician, Dr. Heaton. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "New ‘exotic’ tick invades NC, and it’s an ‘aggressive biter.’ How far has it spread?," 12 July 2018 Giving back data to individuals is part of a broader push to offer participants a voice in research, especially research on their own tissues—but how best to do it in a way that is helpful to recipients and their physicians remains murky. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Report advocates broader return of research results," 10 July 2018 But since then, Mr. Dunkin’s chances were hurt by the negative fallout from President Trump’s botched nomination of his personal physician to run the Veterans Administration. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Search for Permanent FAA Chief Seemingly on Hold," 10 July 2018 Ohio State is investigating its former sports physician, Richard Strauss, who has been accused of groping athletes, including wrestlers. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Just how much trouble is Jim Jordan in over alleged Ohio State sexual abuse?," 9 July 2018 Her physician gave her the option of a D&C (the dilation and curettage surgical procedure) or a prescription medication. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Walgreens Pharmacist Refused to Fill a Woman's Prescription to Induce Miscarriage. And It Was Legal.," 25 June 2018 Generally, your physician will show you their best pictures of rhinoplasty operations, which their patients allow them to show. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Not all nose jobs are for all patients. If uncertain, get second opinion before surgery," 3 June 2018 An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, allowing Robinson's relatives an opportunity to have their own physician present, a standard policy for in-custody deaths, according to Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich. Laura Mcknight,, "'This family needs, deserves and wants answers': Vigil held for Keeven Robinson," 11 May 2018 Each of our physicians only has a one-year contract. Grant Segall,, "New Cleveland Clinic chief Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic perplexed friends by leaving Harvard for the North Coast: My Cleveland (photos)," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of physician

: a medical doctor; especially : a medical doctor who is not a surgeon


phy·si·cian | \fə-ˈzi-shən \

Kids Definition of physician

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


phy·si·cian | \fə-ˈzish-ən \

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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