- 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.
Origin of physician
Examples from the Web for physician
That distant whirring sound you hear is a long-dead Greek physician spinning in his grave.Why So Many Surgeons Are Psychos
December 17, 2014
An electrocardiogram is taken over the phone and then sent to his physician for examination.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
The only physician she was permitted to see was the jail doctor.States Slap Pregnant Women With Harsher Jail Sentences
December 12, 2014
This is entirely understandable—after all, it is unsettling that a physician could make such an obvious mistake.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
Maynard was 29 years old at the time of her death, able to request drugs from her physician after considered reflection.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
I'm forty-two and not so much of a fool that I ain't a little bit of a physician.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Hope bade one and another run for a physician, but nobody stirred.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The physician replied that it was not far enough advanced for an operation.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
A physician was immediately summoned, who ordered my shackles removed.Biography of a Slave
Do you not intend, Sir, to push his way at court, and obtain for him the post of physician there?The Imaginary Invalid
- 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 and History for physician
early 13c., fisicien "a healer, a medical practitioner," from Old French fisiciien "physician, doctor, sage" (12c., Modern French physicien means "physicist"), from fisique "art of healing," from Latin physica "natural science" (see physic). Distinguished from surgeon from c.1400. The ph- spelling attested from late 14c. (see ph).
- A person licensed to practice medicine; a medical doctor.
- A person who practices general medicine as distinct from surgery.