physician's assistant


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

called also PA, physician assistant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Arceneaux was a childhood cancer survivor and former patient at St. Jude who now works at the hospital as a physician's assistant. Caitlyn Buongiorno, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2021 The medical professional can be a nurse practitioner, doctor or physician's assistant with six months' experience in a related field. Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2022 Then came an ultrasound, during which the physician's assistant plunged a wand inside my vaginal canal, poking around to take a look at my ovaries. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 20 Oct. 2022 All the doctors failed to recognize the connection and thanks to a physician's assistant recommending a bone density exam, it was discovered. Rod Berger, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Keravive is offered by a number of dermatologists and plastic surgeons, though in many offices, an aesthetician, nurse, or physician's assistant trained in HydraFacial techniques may be the one who administers the Keravive treatment. Marci Robin, Allure, 25 Mar. 2022 Some pharmacy groups have chafed against the required authority, like a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant, who must prescribe the pills on-site. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 11 Mar. 2022 In September, the Inspiration4 launch sent four civilians (a physician's assistant, an aerospace worker, a professor and a billionaire) into orbit. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 Dad was ready with the lie when the physician's assistant asked. Seija Rankin,, 14 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physician's assistant was in 1970

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“Physician's assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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