locum tenens

[ loh-kuh m tee-nenz, ten-inz ]
/ ˈloʊ kəm ˈti nɛnz, ˈtɛn ɪnz /

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.

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Also called locum.

Origin of locum tenens

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

OTHER WORDS FROM locum tenens

lo·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
/ (ˈləʊkəm ˈtiːnɛnz) /

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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