clinician

noun

cli·​ni·​cian kli-ˈni-shən How to pronounce clinician (audio)
1
: a person qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory
2
: a person who conducts a clinic

Examples of clinician in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But clinicians should also be asking their patients about drinking behavior regularly. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 But the clinician she was assigned to — physician assistant Kent Truslow — was not at all uncertain about his diagnosis. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 5 Apr. 2024 Making matters worse, like a nightmarish self-fulfilling prophecy, the very words used by clinicians might well have caused some of this harm. TIME, 4 Apr. 2024 That’s why clinicians have long considered the ideal organ donor to be someone who died under circumstances that ended brain activity but whose heart continued beating, keeping the organs viable until they could be matched with recipients. Ted Alcorn, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Over-the-counter laxatives are not the same as prescription laxative medications, as prescription medications are FDA regulated and prescribed by a clinician. Suzanne Finkel, Verywell Health, 25 Mar. 2024 What’s more, none of these interventions provide a quick fix to the ongoing challenge of maintaining proper pressure within the eyeball—what clinicians refer to as intraocular pressure (IOP). IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2024 Researchers and clinicians working with combat veterans have shown how avoiding thinking or talking about an overwhelming and painful event can lead to free-floating sadness and anger, all of which can become attached to present circumstances. George Makari, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 Separately, some clinicians warn that wider access could lead to an increase in overdoses caused by methadone itself. Lev Facher, STAT, 12 Mar. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'clinician.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clinician was in 1875

Dictionary Entries Near clinician

Cite this Entry

“Clinician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clinician. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

clinician

noun
cli·​ni·​cian klin-ˈish-ən How to pronounce clinician (audio)
: an individual qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory
Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!