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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Examples of physician in a Sentence

you should always consult a physician if you develop a high fever
Recent Examples on the Web Another key, said Karan, the physician affiliated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will be coordination. Washington Post, "Covid testing before flying could become the norm as airlines try to boost confidence and woo travelers," 17 Nov. 2020 The physician who completed the death certificate has already submitted his amendment to reflect the correct diagnoses and remove COVID-19 from the list. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Hospital forced to retract COVID death certificate after furious family members demand answers," 17 Nov. 2020 In 1847, the Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis could not convince his fellow doctors in Vienna to wash their hands before delivering babies as a way to prevent often fatal cases of puerperal fever in new mothers. David Tuller, STAT, "Proposed British guidelines reject useless chronic fatigue syndrome treatments," 17 Nov. 2020 Karan, the Harvard physician, said federal officials need to set expectations. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit," 16 Nov. 2020 The white-bearded physician had specialized in HIV/AIDS care. USA Today, "How the CDC failed public health officials fighting the coronavirus," 11 Nov. 2020 But opportunists like the physician Albert Abrams jumped to capitalize on the hype. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "How Trump Sold Failure to 70 Million People," 10 Nov. 2020 At the holiday gathering, remain masked, stay 6 feet from others, space diners 6 feet apart and stay in a hotel, if possible, to limit additional exposure, the physician said. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Metro Louisville to quadruple COVID-19 health inspections, add undercover visits," 10 Nov. 2020 The foundational story of public health—the London physician John Snow tracing a cholera outbreak to public water pumps—is a story of geography and urban planning. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Next Covid Dilemma: How to Make Buildings Breathe Better," 9 Nov. 2020

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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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24 Nov 2020

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“Physician.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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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


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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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