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anesthetist vs. anesthesiologist

anesthetist vs. anesthesiologist: What's the difference?

Anesthetist refers to a person who administers anesthetics (as during surgery), and is usually a trained doctor or, frequently, a nurse. Anesthesiologist refers to a physician who specializes in the science of administering anesthetics, and thus is necessarily a doctor.

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  1. a person who administers anesthetics, usually a specially trained doctor or nurse.
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  1. a physician who specializes in anesthesiology.

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