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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The top three floors would be office space for physicians and therapeutic practitioners. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Hallandale Beach may get 8-story medical building," 12 July 2018 Connecticut medical marijuana patients must renew their prescriptions with a physician and pay a $100 fee every year. Matthew Ormseth,, "What To Know About Recreational Marijuana Sales in Massachusetts," 5 July 2018 State inspectors soon interviewed other physicians and nurses who indicated that staff shortages were putting patients at risk. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "University of Louisville Hospital says it's on mend minus KentuckyOne," 5 July 2018 Beverage companies spend billions promoting their products that public health professional can’t match, said Kristine Madsen, a physician and associate professor of public health at University of California, Berkeley. NBC News, "California bows to beverage industry, blocks soda taxes," 29 June 2018 Minors can get a license but will require the approval of two physicians and their parent or legal guardian. German Lopez, Vox, "Oklahoma just voted to legalize medical marijuana," 27 June 2018 Iberia, Bank of America and a number of other banks have special loan programs for physicians and other professionals. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Bank offers zero-down mortgages at luxury condo tower," 26 June 2018 Julie Stratman says Matt's physicians and surgeons have been straight-forward in communicating their methods. Scott Springer,, "#StratmanStrong support comforts family of stricken Lakota West lacrosse player," 16 June 2018 Lau also said that mental health can be a problem in the medical field for physicians and medical students themselves. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Students Taking Cross Country Bike Ride For Mental Health Connecticut," 13 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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