physician
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /fɪˈzɪʃən/
Noun

physician (plural physicians)

  1. 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.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter II, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      His forefathers had been, as a rule, professional men—physicians and lawyers; his grandfather died under the walls of Chapultepec Castle while twisting a tourniquet for a cursing dragoon; an uncle remained indefinitely at Malvern Hill; […].
  2. A medical doctor trained in human medicine.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      The doctor had to go to London for a physician to take charge of his practice […].
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