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extern

[ek-sturn; for 3 also ik-sturn]
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noun
  1. a person connected with an institution but not residing in it, as a doctor or medical student at a hospital.
  2. a nun of a strictly enclosed order, as the Carmelites, who resides inside the convent but outside its enclosure and who chiefly goes on outside errands.
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adjective
  1. Archaic. external; outer.
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Origin of extern

1525–35; < Latin externus, derivative of exter, exterus. See exterior
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Examples from the Web for extern

Historical Examples

  • That a professed nun should be expected to feel personal and unspiritual interest in an extern!

    A Forgotten Hero

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • Patrick blessed them, and said that the children they would bear to extern tribes would be illustrious.

  • Alis badio-fuscis; strigis duabus obliquis, extern abbreviat, albis.

  • A further proof perhaps of Puck's rural and extern character is the following rather trifling circumstance.

    The Fairy Mythology

    Thomas Keightley

  • Carin extern vald carinat cum sulco laterali ad utrumque latus.


British Dictionary definitions for extern

extern

externe

noun
  1. US a person, such as a physician at a hospital, who has an official connection with an institution but does not reside in it
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin externus external
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Word Origin and History for extern

n.

"outsider," c.1600, from French externe, from Latin externus (see external).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

extern in Medicine

extern

(ĕkstûrn′)
n.
  1. An advanced student or recent graduate who assists in the medical or surgical care of hospital patients and may reside outside the institution.
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