physician

noun
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for physician

Synonyms

croaker [slang], doc, doctor, medic, medico, sawbones [slang]

Antonyms

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 company, which provides revenue cycle management to hospitals, health systems, and physician practices, has leased 82,940 square feet in the building at 10713 W. Sam Houston Parkway North. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Acclara Solutions inks big office lease in northwest Houston," 15 May 2018 According to the White House opioid commission’s 2017 report, 47 percent of US counties — and 72 percent of the most rural counties — have no physicians who can prescribe buprenorphine. German Lopez, Vox, "The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic," 26 Dec. 2018 There were others that were mysteries, strange things that had happened that to a 19th-century physician were completely inexplicable. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A history of body horrors from distended scrotums to exploding teeth," 6 Dec. 2018 Shortly after, her husband heard a radio program about a new treatment regimen devised by physician Dale Bredesen that seemed to reverse early stage Alzheimer’s. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 This physician was let loose and was able to hurt other people. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "AP Exclusive: Regulators OK’d child doc charged with abuse," 31 Oct. 2018 But researchers concluded that such causes were sometimes misassigned, with physicians failing to link the deaths to the hurricane. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Denies Heavy Death Toll in Puerto Rico From Hurricane Maria," 13 Sep. 2018 To see how burnout and/or workplace safety might impact medical errors, the team surveyed physicians engaged in active clinical practice in 2014. Alan Mozes, CBS News, "Doctor burnout behind many medical errors, study finds," 10 July 2018 In one case of alleged misprescribing, an Ohio physician who was a top prescriber of the drug was accused of accepting kickbacks in exchange for prescribing Nuedexta and fraudulently diagnosing patients with PBA to secure Medicare coverage. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Government issues warning about pill pushed on the elderly," 4 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

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

physician

noun
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

physician

noun
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

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