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 Dad was ready with the lie when the physician's assistant asked. Seija Rankin,, 14 Oct. 2021 The two settled in Fairview Heights, Illinois, where Schneider most recently worked as a senior software engineer for a financial services payment platform, while his wife works as a physician's assistant in pain management. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 One of the passengers was Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old cancer survivor who works as a physician's assistant at St. Jude. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 19 Sep. 2021 Isaacman is joined by Hayley Arceneaux, a physician's assistant and childhood cancer survivor; Chris Sembroski, a data engineer; and Sian Proctor, a geoscientist and community college professor. Amy Thompson, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2021 Doran, a Pittsburgh native, worked as a physician's assistant, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021 Four civilians — a billionaire, a physician's assistant, an aerospace worker, and an educator and trained pilot — will be launching into space on Wednesday evening. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Anna Talerico, 53, a physician's assistant and retired military officer, served in Afghanistan in 2009. Fox News, 25 Aug. 2021 The physician's assistant assured Lotz that the pain would recede over time, the lawsuit said., 12 June 2021

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First Known Use of physician's assistant

1970, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2021

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“Physician's assistant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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

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