physician

noun

phy·​si·​cian fə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce physician (audio)
plural physicians
1
: a person trained in the art of healing
specifically : a health-care professional (such as a dermatologist, internist, pediatrician, or urologist) who has earned a medical degree, is clinically experienced, and is licensed to practice medicine as usually distinguished from surgery : a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathic medicine
2
: someone or something that has a beneficial effect or influence
Do justice with mercy. That is what, in essence, the brilliant physician of the heart and soul, Maimonides, tried to teach us 900 years ago.Jack Weinstein

Examples of physician in a Sentence

you should always consult a physician if you develop a high fever
Recent Examples on the Web Ziegler said efforts to criminalize abortions in the 1860s were led by physicians who knew exceptions to save a mother's life gave them leeway. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 14 Apr. 2024 The New York Times, citing an unnamed official familiar with the investigation, reported Thursday that the physician who made the changes to patient records was Dr. Steve Bynon Jr., a transplant surgeon who had overseen both the kidney and liver transplant programs. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 12 Apr. 2024 Luciana Borio is an infectious disease physician, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, a venture partner at ARCH Venture Partners, and former director for medical and biodefense preparedness policy at the National Security Council. Luciana Borio and Phil Krause, STAT, 12 Apr. 2024 Marie and 43 physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners contracted to work in the emergency department at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit plan to take to the picket lines, alleging unfair labor practices. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 12 Apr. 2024 Moon and her team, which includes a physician and two medical assistants from nonprofit Father Joe’s Villages, set off to find him. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Back then, midwives predominantly performed abortions, using herbs or metal instruments, which caused resentment among male physicians, said Karissa Haugeberg, who teaches history at Tulane University in Louisiana. Melissa Chan, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Additional sanctions could be issued to physicians who perform abortions after 15 weeks. Solcyré Burga, TIME, 9 Apr. 2024 According to the report from the local physician group, the vast majority, or about 85%, of obstetricians and gynecologists in Idaho practice in the seven most populous counties. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 3 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

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

Kids Definition

physician

noun
phy·​si·​cian fə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce physician (audio)
: a specialist in healing human diseases
especially : one educated and licensed to practice medicine

Medical Definition

physician

noun
phy·​si·​cian fə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce physician (audio)
: a health-care professional who has earned a medical degree, is clinically experienced, and is licensed to practice medicine : a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathic medicine

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