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house physician

a resident physician in a hospital, hotel, or other public institution.
Also called house doctor.
Origin of house physician
1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The house doctor, who so impressed my friend, had lived for years in the place, and seemed to have no ideas beyond it.

    My Experiences in a Lunatic Asylum Herman Charles Merivale
  • John found the ward Sister with the house doctor at the bed of a patient.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Then the house doctor says the curtain's got to come down to prevent the epidemic from spreadin' to the audience.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
  • The house doctor maintains that they will save her, but that she will come out of it ten years older and without any strength.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Excitement, exposure, and the blow; these accounted for the condition in which a house doctor had found her.

    Dorothy Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for house doctor

house physician

a house officer working in a medical as opposed to a surgical discipline Compare house surgeon
a physician who lives in a hospital or other institution in which he is employed Compare resident (sense 7)
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house doctor in Medicine

house physician n.

  1. A physician, especially an intern or a resident who cares for hospitalized patients under the supervision of the surgical and medical staff of a hospital.

  2. A physician employed by a hotel or another establishment.

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