Physician meaning

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A person trained and licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor.
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The definition of a physician is a person who is licensed to practice medicine, or a person who is skilled in healing.

An example of a physician is a family doctor.

An example of a physician is a holistic healer.

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A person who heals or exerts a healing influence.
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A practitioner of physic, i.e. a specialist in internal medicine, especially as opposed to a surgeon; a practitioner who treats with medication rather than with surgery.
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A person licensed to practice medicine; doctor of medicine.
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Any medical doctor other than one specializing in surgery.
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Any person or thing that heals, relieves, or comforts.
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A person trained and licensed to practice medicine; one who has a Doctor of Medicine or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
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Origin of physician

  • Middle English fisicien from Old French from fisique medical science physic

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English fisicien, from Old French fisicïen (“physician"), from fisique (“art of healing"), from Latin physica (“natural science"), from Ancient Greek φυσική ἐπιστήμη (phusikÄ“ epistÄ“mÄ“, “knowledge of nature"), from φυσικός (phusikos, “pertaining to nature"). Displaced native Middle English læche, leche, archaic Modern English leech "physician" (from Old English lǣċe (“physician, medical doctor")).

    From Wiktionary