physician assistant

noun

: 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physician assistant was in 1958

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“Physician assistant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/physician%20assistant. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

physician assistant

noun
physician as·​sis·​tant
-ə-ˈsis-tənt
variants also physician's 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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