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[rez-i-duh n-see] /ˈrɛz ɪ dən si/
noun, plural residencies.
residence (def 3).
the position or tenure of a medical resident.
(formerly) the official residence of a representative of the British governor general at a native Indian court.
(formerly) an administrative division of the Dutch East Indies.
Origin of residency
First recorded in 1570-80; resid(ent) + -ency Unabridged
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  • It lost more men in its last fight than it found in the residency when it got in.

    Following the Equator, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • He walked back in silence to the residency, Hamilton keeping pace by his side.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • It was evident that they were staggered by the defence, for they had no doubt hoped to surprise both fort and residency.

    Middy and Ensign G. Manville Fenn
  • The main body was now within 500 yards of the residency, but surrounded with enemies.

    Our Soldiers W.H.G. Kingston
  • I suppose everyone in the residency knows about it, Rex replied quietly.

    With the Allies to Pekin George Alfred Henty
British Dictionary definitions for residency


noun (pl) -cies
a variant of residence
a regular series of concerts by a band or singer at one venue
(US & Canadian) the period, following internship, during which a physician undergoes further clinical training, usually in one medical speciality
(in India, formerly) the official house of the governor general at the court of a native prince
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Word Origin and History for residency

1570s, "residence;" see resident + -cy. Hospital sense is from 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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residency in Medicine

residency res·i·den·cy (rěz'ĭ-dən-sē, -děn'-)
The period during which a physician gets specialized clinical training.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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