physician assistant


Definition of physician assistant

: a person certified to provide basic medical services usually under the supervision of a licensed physician

called also PA, physician's assistant

Examples of physician assistant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arceneaux is a bone cancer survivor who was treated at St. Jude's as a child and now works there as a physician assistant. Mina Kaji, ABC News, 12 Sep. 2021 After finishing her exam, the physician assistant sent him to the lab. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Priya Patel, a physician assistant and Botox expert at Plump, agreed social media is to thank for the younger audience, and for the slow but steady de-stigmatization of Botox and cosmetic procedures in general. Rosa Sanchez, ABC News, 25 July 2021 From there, the practice continued for the Old Town couple and is now a daily routine outside the hours of her physician assistant job. Maya Mokh,, 22 July 2021 Proof of vaccination can be a form or letter signed and dated by a physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant., 6 Aug. 2021 The final seat Isaacman gave to Hayley Arceneaux, a physician assistant at the hospital and a childhood cancer survivor. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Though her job prospects as a physician assistant were good and her earning potential high, her future looked dismal. Susan Paterno, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Another couple, Nicole Doran, a physician assistant, and Ruslan Manashirov, a doctor of internal medicine and neurology, lived just below in Unit 703. Washington Post, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of physician assistant

1958, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2021

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“Physician assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of physician assistant

physician assistant

physician as·​sis·​tant | \ -ə-ˈsis-tənt \
variants: also physician's assistant

Medical Definition of physician assistant

: a specially trained person who is certified to provide basic medical services (as the diagnosis and treatment of common ailments) usually under the supervision of a licensed physician

called also PA


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