licensed practical nurse


a person who has graduated from an accredited school of nursing and has become licensed to provide basic nursing care under the supervision of a physician or registered nurse. Abbreviation: LPN

Nearby words

  1. licence,
  2. license,
  3. license plate,
  4. licensed,
  5. licensed aircraft engineer,
  6. licensed vocational nurse,
  7. licensee,
  8. licensure,
  9. licentiate,
  10. licentious

Origin of licensed practical nurse

First recorded in 1950–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for licensed practical nurse

licensed practical nurse



A nurse who has completed a practical nursing program and is licensed by a state to provide routine patient care under the direction of a registered nurse or a physician.

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