An example of a locum tenens is a doctor filling in for another doctor while he's on vacation.
Origin of locum tenensML, literally , holding the place ; from Classical Latin locum, accusative of locus, a place (see local) + tenens, present participle of tenere, to hold: see thin
nounpl. locum te·nen·tes
Origin of locum tenensMedieval Latin locum ten&emacron;ns : Latin locum, accusative of locus, place + Latin ten&emacron;ns, present participle of ten&emacron;re, to hold.
(plural locum tenentes or locos tenentes)
- A professional person (such as a doctor or clergyman) who temporarily fulfills the duties of another.
Existing in English since the seventeenth century: from Medieval Latin locum tenens, “one holding a place".