[loh-kuh m tee-nenz, ten-inz]
- a temporary substitute, especially for a doctor or member of the clergy.
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.
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A chief-of-staff is the only man to be the locum-tenens of the commander.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- 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
C17: Medieval Latin: (someone) holding the place (of another)
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Word Origin and History for locum tenens
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