[ kuh n-suhl-tnt ]
/ kənˈsʌl tnt /


a person who gives professional or expert advice: a consultant on business methods.
a person who consults someone or something.

Origin of consultant

1690–1700; (< F) < Latin consultant- (stem of consultāns, present participle of consultāre). See consult, -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for consultant

/ (kənˈsʌltənt) /


  1. a senior physician, esp a specialist, who is asked to confirm a diagnosis or treatment or to provide an opinion
  2. a physician or surgeon holding the highest appointment in a particular branch of medicine or surgery in a hospital
a specialist who gives expert advice or information
a person who asks advice in a consultation

Derived forms of consultant

consultancy, noun
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Medical definitions for consultant

[ kən-sŭltənt ]


A physician or surgeon who does not take actual charge of a patient, but acts in an advisory capacity to the patient's primary physician.
Such a member of a hospital staff who may advise the attending physician or surgeon.
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