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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Garrett said, gratefully recalling the physician’s compassion. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "A Hospital’s Human Touch: Why Taking Care In Discharging A Patient Matters," 12 July 2018 The physicians moved her from Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was born, to Boston Children’s Hospital and decided to try an experimental procedure that had never before been attempted in a human being following a heart attack. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 In 2016, a federal judge in California said she wasn’t convinced the drugmaker had done enough to stop the physician from harassing again. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Difficult Conversation: When the Harasser Is a Client," 6 July 2018 So if a patient 65 or older comes in with complaints of memory issues, the physicians can run the test and then will have an objective medical observation to refer the patient for a dementia exam. Hanaa’ Tameez And Rodger Mallison, star-telegram, "Mexican-Americans show signs of Alzheimer's 10 years earlier than others, study says," 19 June 2018 In the first analysis of the disease, the German physician Alois Alzheimer noted odd changes in the brain of a patient who died of the condition. Christian Holscher, CNN, "New approach to Alzheimer's fight: Diabetes drugs," 15 June 2018 My friends -- the mechanic in Cairo, the Algerian actor in Beirut, the Kurdish physician in Erbil, Iraq -- have their own identities. Billboard, "How a Gay American In Iraq Found Solace In a Lebanese Band and Their Music," 14 June 2018 The physicians are the key access point for medical marijuana patients and can now recommend weed as a treatment for nearly two dozen qualifying ailments, including chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Randy Tucker,, "More local doctors sign up to recommend medical weed; list now includes 16 Cincinnati doctors," 13 June 2018 The other leads out, to the back streets of Victorian London, where the good physician can go about his more private business. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Messiness of Vampyr Doesn't Weaken Its Bite," 7 June 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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