physician's assistant


Definition of physician's assistant

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

called also PA, physician assistant

Examples of physician's assistant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The test must be administered by a healthcare professional such as a physician's assistant or a school nurse. USA Today, "Rapid, cheap home tests: Companies attempt to make coronavirus tests widely available," 24 Sep. 2020 Heather Setzler, a physician's assistant from Raleigh, N.C., started her drive at 1 a.m. to be at the court. Arkansas Online, "Ruth Ginsburg's flag-draped casket arrives at Supreme Court," 23 Sep. 2020 On Tuesday, Kentucky lost a 58-year-old physician's assistant in Louisville who fought for his life for six weeks on a ventilator. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "'Too many have been lost': Kentucky's coronavirus death toll surpasses 1,000," 9 Sep. 2020 The Washington state resident is struggling to pay his mortgage after losing his job as a physician's assistant earlier this month and is now on the hook for $6,600 in house payments. CBS News, "Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 cases in U.S. top 1 million," 28 Apr. 2020 She is set to play basketball for the University of Buffalo in the fall with hopes of studying to become a physician's assistant. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Southfield police caravan congratulates high school valedictorian — at a safe distance," 3 Apr. 2020 During the demonstration, a physician's assistant approached a pretend patient in a truck and asked questions about his symptoms and travel. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont shows how curbside coronavirus testing works," 16 Mar. 2020 Weslaco police reports obtained by ProPublica say the physician's assistant quickly determined Hernandez was dead., "16-year-old with flu who died in Border Patrol custody was collapsed on floor in pool of blood for several hours, report says," 6 Dec. 2019 The cellmate quickly got the attention of a Border Patrol agent, followed shortly by a physician's assistant who attempted a single chest compression., "16-year-old with flu who died in Border Patrol custody was collapsed on floor in pool of blood for several hours, report says," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of physician's assistant

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Physician's assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of physician's assistant

US : a person who provides basic medical care and who usually works with a doctor

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