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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
First recorded in 1745-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • John found the ward Sister with the house doctor at the bed of a patient.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Excitement, exposure, and the blow; these accounted for the condition in which a house doctor had found her.

    Dorothy Evelyn Raymond
  • 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
  • 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
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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