locum tenens

[loh-kuh m tee-nenz, ten-inz]

noun, plural lo·cum te·nen·tes [loh-kuh m tuh-nen-teez] /ˈloʊ kəm təˈnɛn tiz/. Chiefly British.

a temporary substitute, especially for a doctor or member of the clergy.

Nearby words

  1. loculation,
  2. locule,
  3. loculicidal,
  4. loculus,
  5. locum,
  6. locus,
  7. locus classicus,
  8. locus in quo,
  9. locus of control,
  10. locus sigilli

Origin of locum tenens

First recorded in 1635–45, locum tenens is from the Medieval Latin word locum tenēns holding the place

Also called locum.

Related formslo·cum-te·nen·cy [loh-kuh m-tee-nuh n-see, -ten-uh n-] /ˌloʊ kəmˈti nən si, -ˈtɛn ən-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for locum tenens

locum tenens

noun plural locum tenentes (təˈnɛntiːz)

mainly British a person who stands in temporarily for another member of the same profession, esp for a physician, chemist, or clergymanOften shortened to: locum

Word Origin for locum tenens

C17: Medieval Latin: (someone) holding the place (of another)

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Word Origin and History for locum tenens

locum tenens


Medieval Latin, "one who holds the place (of another);" from locum (nominative locus; see locus) + tenens, present participle of tenere (see tenant).

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