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locum tenens

[ loh-kuhm -tee-nenz, ten-inz ]
/ ˈloʊ kəm ˈti nɛnz, ˈtɛn ɪnz /
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noun, plural lo·cum te·nen·tes [loh-kuhm 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, British, lo·cum [loh-kuhm] /ˈloʊ kəm/ .

Origin of locum tenens

First recorded in 1635–45; from Medieval Latin locum tenēns “holding the place”

OTHER WORDS FROM locum tenens

lo·cum-te·nen·cy [loh-kuhm-tee-nuhn-see, -ten-uhn-], /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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