phy·​si·​cian | \ fə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce physician (audio) \

Definition of physician

1 : a person skilled in the art of healing specifically : one educated, clinically experienced, and licensed to practice medicine as usually distinguished from surgery
2 : one exerting a remedial or salutary influence

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Synonyms & Antonyms for physician


croaker [slang], doc, doctor, medic, medico, sawbones [slang]


nondoctor, nonphysician

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Examples of physician in a Sentence

you should always consult a physician if you develop a high fever

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Albrecht, the German TV reporter, found that staff members, which included a physician and a fashion designer, had no training in journalism. Seth Hettena, The New Republic, "The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe," 17 Sep. 2019 Spend your lunch break with Kelsey-Seybold physicians and specialists at one of its Chat & Chew events Downtown. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Kelsey-Seybold hosting ‘Chat and Chew - All About Allergies’," 16 Sep. 2019 Renowned psychologist, physician and best-selling author Dr. Leonard Sax is coming to Harford County to discuss the addictive characteristics of social media and video games, and raising children in a society inundated with technology., "’Instagram Ate My Daughter, My Son Won’t Stop Playing Fortnite, What Can I Do?’ is topic of free presentation Sept. 19 in Bel Air," 15 Sep. 2019 The authors of this account of FDA corruption and bribery were both PMA executives fighting a rear-guard action as physicians and patients became increasingly comfortable with generic substitution. Jeremy A. Greene, Washington Post, "After a scandal, a one-sided warning against generic drugs," 13 Sep. 2019 And the event is drawing physicians and other volunteers who work for Ascension Wisconsin from as far as Rhinelander. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ascension Wisconsin to provide free medical exams, dental care Saturday at North Division High School," 13 Sep. 2019 Gerard Karsenty, a physician and geneticist at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, started his work on osteocalcin more than 20 years ago. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Fight or Flight May Be In Our Bones," 12 Sep. 2019 Instead, individual insurance companies negotiate prices with hospitals and physicians and drug makers. Los Angeles Times, "Americans’ struggles with medical bills are a foreign concept in other countries," 12 Sep. 2019 Simmonds, vice president and chief medical officer of AdventHealth East Orlando, and a team of surgeons, emergency medicine physicians and engineers traveled to the Abaco Islands last weekend to help with the relief efforts. Naseem S. Miller,, "After Hurricane Dorian, AdventHealth, Orlando Health doctors fly to the Bahamas to help," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of physician

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for physician

Middle English phisicien, fisicien, from Anglo-French, from phisique medicine

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The first known use of physician was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of physician

chiefly US, somewhat formal : a medical doctor especially : a medical doctor who is not a surgeon


phy·​si·​cian | \ fə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce physician (audio) \

Kids Definition of physician

: a specialist in healing human disease : a doctor of medicine


phy·​si·​cian | \ fə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce physician (audio) \

Medical Definition of physician

: a skilled health-care professional trained and licensed to practice medicine specifically : a doctor of medicine or osteopathy

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fear of the number 13

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