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
Recent Examples on the Web Avoidance of seeking health care because of COVID-19 fears was creating a health crisis within a crisis, according to Dr. Ambica Sandhir, emergency room physician at CHI St. Luke’s Health Patients Medical Center in Pasadena. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Breast cancer group’s plea: Don’t avoid testing now," 10 July 2020 The University of California announced Tuesday that Michael Drake, a physician and former UC Irvine chancellor who recently left his role as president of Ohio State University, will replace Janet Napolitano as UC president. Annie Vainshtein,, "Life and career highlights of Michael Drake, UC's new president and its first Black leader," 7 July 2020 Even sparklers, which can be legally used at home, present great hazard for burns, said Dr. Baruch Fertel, an emergency department physician at the Cleveland Clinic. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "High use of backyard fireworks predicted, prompting fears of heightened fireworks-related injuries," 2 July 2020 The league drafted protocols from internal and external experts, including prominent virologist, researcher and physician David Ho and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Health experts on NBA's restart plan: 'Haven’t seen anything that’s this comprehensive'," 24 June 2020 Down in Virginia’s fifth district, which includes the city of Charlottesville, Cameron Webb, a black physician and researcher who was a White House fellow in 2016, was headed for a landslide win. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Jamaal Bowman’s Performance in New York Caps a Big Night for Progressive Democrats," 24 June 2020 Tear gas isn’t technically a gas, says Glatter, an ER physician. USA Today, "'Less lethal' can still maim and kill: A visual guide to weapons police use on protesters," 20 June 2020 Because dexamethasone is already FDA approved, Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, was able to use it to treat Krakower. CBS News, "Cheap, widely available steroid reduces death risk in severe coronavirus cases, researchers say," 17 June 2020 Those conditions include: arthritis, colitis, and lupus, as well as a bad muscle strain, or a virus that causes a bad inflammatory reaction, Kathryn Boling, MD, a primary care physician at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center, tells Health. Korin Miller,, "What is Dexamethasone? New Study Says Steroid Can Reduce Risk of Death in Sickest COVID-19 Patients," 16 June 2020

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

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27 Jul 2020

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“Physician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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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