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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for physician



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of physician in a Sentence

you should always consult a physician if you develop a high fever
Recent Examples on the Web Sato credits the ancient Greek physician, Herophilus, as the first to study the disease characteristics in patients. John Cumbers, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Smith assisted another Baltimore physician, Nathaniel Potter, who was studying the insects. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Mortimer Lee Williams, the son of Dr. Mortimer Williams, a physician, and his wife, Frances Lee Williams, was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 14 May 2021 But the physician, Dr. Brian P. Monahan, said face coverings would still be required for now around the House floor and everywhere on the campus for unvaccinated people. New York Times, 13 May 2021 In 1934, Wells and his wife, Mildred Weeks Wells, a physician, analyzed air samples and plotted a curve showing how the opposing forces of gravity and evaporation acted on respiratory particles. Megan Molteni, Wired, 13 May 2021 Now, the entire family – including Norman’s husband, a physician, and their 17-year-old son – has begun the vaccination process., 11 May 2021 Now, the entire family – including Norman's husband, a physician, and their 17-year-old son – has begun the vaccination process. Heather Hollingsworth, Star Tribune, 11 May 2021 Fauci wears several hats: physician, scientist, national health leader and more. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'physician.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About physician

Time Traveler for physician

Time Traveler

The first known use of physician was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for physician

Last Updated

10 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Physician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for physician



English Language Learners Definition of physician

chiefly US, somewhat formal : a medical doctor especially : a medical doctor who is not a surgeon


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


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!