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[fi-zish-uh n] /fɪˈzɪʃ ən/
a person who is legally qualified to practice medicine; doctor of medicine.
a person engaged in general medical practice, as distinguished from one specializing in surgery.
a person who is skilled in the art of healing.
Origin of physician
1175-1225; physic + -ian (see -ician); replacing Middle English fisicien < Old French
Related forms
physicianly, adjective
Can be confused
doctor, physician. Unabridged
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  • During the Pierce administration he was physician to the President's family.

    As I Remember Marian Gouverneur
  • A physician can't heal the sick unless there's healing in his own soul.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • When a physician finds this to be the case, then the patient's habits must be reformed.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • Tom, that was my physician and friend, told me all about it afterward with tears in his eyes.

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Like a physician, he should find the weak and deficient parts and build them up.

    Piano Mastery Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for physician


a person legally qualified to practise medicine, esp one specializing in areas of treatment other than surgery; doctor of medicine
(archaic) any person who treats diseases; healer
Word Origin
C13: from Old French fisicien, from fisiquephysic
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Word Origin and History for physician

early 13c., fisicien "a healer, a medical practitioner," from Old French fisiciien "physician, doctor, sage" (12c., Modern French physicien means "physicist"), from fisique "art of healing," from Latin physica "natural science" (see physic). Distinguished from surgeon from c.1400. The ph- spelling attested from late 14c. (see ph).

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physician in Medicine

physician phy·si·cian (fĭ-zĭsh'ən)
Abbr. phys.

  1. Abbr. phys. A person licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor.

  2. A person who practices general medicine as distinct from surgery.

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