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physician

[ fi-zish-uhn ]
/ fɪˈzɪʃ ən /
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noun
a person who is legally qualified to practice medicine; doctor of medicine.
a person engaged in general medical practice, as distinguished from one specializing in surgery.
a person who is skilled in the art of healing.

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Origin of physician

1175–1225; physic + -ian (see -ician); replacing Middle English fisicien<Old French

OTHER WORDS FROM physician

phy·si·cian·ly, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH physician

doctor, physician
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British Dictionary definitions for physician

physician
/ (fɪˈzɪʃən) /

noun
a person legally qualified to practise medicine, esp one specializing in areas of treatment other than surgery; doctor of medicine
archaic any person who treats diseases; healer

Word Origin for physician

C13: from Old French fisicien, from fisique physic
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Medical definitions for physician

physician
[ fĭ-zĭshən ]

n.
A person licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor.
A person who practices general medicine as distinct from surgery.
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