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
The definition of a locum tenens is a British term for a person who substitutes for someone else, especially a doctor or a cleric.
An example of a locum tenens is a doctor filling in for another doctor while he's on vacation.
Chiefly Brit. a person taking another's place for the time being; temporary substitute, as for a doctor or a member of the clergy
nounpl. locum te·nen·tes,
A person, especially a physician or cleric, who substitutes temporarily for another.
Origin of locum tenensMedieval Latin locum tenēns Latin locum accusative of locus place Latin tenēns present participle of tenēre to hold