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[in-tur-nist, in-tur-nist]
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  1. a physician specializing in the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases, especially of adults.
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Origin of internist

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; intern(al medicine) + -ist
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noun mainly US
  1. a physician who specializes in internal medicine
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Word Origin and History for internist


1904, American English, from internal medicine + -ist.

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internist in Medicine


  1. A physician specializing in internal medicine.
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